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5.0 out of 5 stars A Career defining album, 15 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Benji (Audio CD)
I have been a Kozelek fan for 22 years, which means I've pretty much gone through my adult life with his music. I've not loved all of it - the Portuguese guitar obsession of 2009-11 left me a little cold, for example - but I love and appreciate the way his writing and playing has changed and developed over the years. Many hard-core Red House Painters fans can't seem to understand/accept why he isn't still knocking out the poetry drenched slow-core doom of the early albums - something I find both amusing and ridiculous - but I love the stream of consciousness style of his current work and Benji is surely going to be seen as the masterpiece of this era-Kozelek. I doubt there will be a more engaging, life-affirming, amusing or shattering (yes, all at once!) album about death ever made. Buy it. Study it. Love it.
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Initial post: 10 Mar 2014, 14:12:55 GMT
D Ashcroft says:
I rarely write reviews on Amazon. It's only when I come across something so mind-blowingly amazing as Benji that I get the urge, as I did about Among the Leaves. In the end, I haven't bothered cos you have already written basically the review I would have written so there seems little point. I agree with everything you've said here, right down to the comment on the Spanish guitar era. I hated Admiral Fell Promises, which was upsetting as he is my No. 1 musical hero. But then he followed it up with three masterpieces - the aforementioned and Perils From the Sea, and that's not counting his collaboration with Desertshore, which I also loved.

Anyway, why am I writing this? Well, if you see this, just wondered if you wanted to exchange some musical recommendations, as we may have similar tastes it seems? What, for example, are your all time top 10 musical artists?

DA

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2015, 15:08:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Sep 2015, 10:18:51 BST
Dr. Lee PhD says:
edited - as rightly pointed out by Chris Wood through the use of sub optimal sixth form poetry, my original cutting comment was unnecessary and biased.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2015, 09:22:10 BST
chrip woo says:
gosh, the internet can be a really horrible place sometimes, eh?
perhaps Dr. Lee phD should listen to the advice Mark was given by his father, as expressed in the song, "i love my dad"

"When I was young my father told me, to each his own
The lady said as she kissed the cow
Some like the fiddle, some like the trombone
And I live by that rule
Your trip is your trip and my trip is my trip too
Yeah, I'll mind my own business
I'll have an O'Douls and my friend here will have a Guinness"

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2015, 10:17:13 BST
Dr. Lee PhD says:
Yeah you're right, my response was a bit cutting wasn't it. Not sure I recall why - as Benji brings about the same emotional reaction as magnolia anaglypta wallpaper.

I will edit my earlier comment
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