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Mark Kozelek ~ Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites (May 27th, 2016)

Mark Kozelek ~ Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites (May 27th, 2016

   Mark Kozelek ~ Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites (May 27th, 2016)  Mark Kozelek ~ Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites (May 27th, 2016) ♣♣♣   Povýšit album z dobrého na skvělé vyžaduje mnoho risku. Důvtipu. Odvahy. Obrazotvornosti. Bohatý myšlenkový svět. Mark Kozelek tím vším oplývá. Mark Kozelek sings a few of his favorite songs, plus favorites of friends and loved ones. Accompanied by piano, Mark sings songs by 10CC, David Bowie, Modest Mouse, Bob Seger, Waylon Jennings, and others. Guest singers include Mike Patton and Mimi Parker. Mark’s version of “Win” featuring Mike Patton on back–up vocals.
♣♣♣   Mark Kozelek shows his tender side by singing other artists’ songs. Even in his ugliest moments, Mark Kozelek has always treated the music he loves with sanctity. In fall of 2015, he took to opening concerts with a beautiful a cappella version of Andy Williams’ “Moon River,” all while still reeling from (and still commenting on) the backlash from his gross comments toward Guardian writer Laura Snapes just a few months earlier. The shows were a strange hybrid of naked vulnerability and I’m–kidding–but–not–really rants directed at his most vocal critics.                                                      
Birth name: Mark Edward Kozelek
Born: January 24, 1967 in Massillon, Ohio.
Origin: Atlanta, Georgia ~ San Francisco, California ~ Massillon, Ohio, United States
Album release: May 27, 2016
Record Label: Caldo Verde
Genre: Folk, Indie, Singer–Songwriter
Duration:     37:58
Tracks:
01. Send in the Clowns      3:56
02. Moon River      3:15
03. Im Not in Love      4:29
04. Win      2:44
05. Mainstreet      3:25
06. Another Day      3:13
07. Somewhere over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg)      2:29
08. Amanda      2:40
09. Get Along Home Cindy      2:59
10. O Holy Night      2:42
11. Something Stupid      2:52
12. Float On      3:14                     
Description:
♦   2016 album from the Red House Painters & Sun Kil Moon mainman with guests Mimi Parker (Low) & Mike Patton. Includes covers of songs by David Bowie, Modest Mouse, 10CC, Bob Seger & others!                                                                                 Notes:Get Along Home Cindy”
■  “Cindy” (“Cindy, Cindy”) is a popular American folk song. According to John Lomax, the song originated in North Carolina. In the early and middle 20th century, “Cindy” was included in the songbooks used in many elementary school music programs as an example of folk music. One of the earliest versions of “Cindy” is found in Anne Virginia Culbertson’s collection of Negro folktales (At the Big House, where Aunt Nancy and Aunt ‘Phrony Held Forth on the Animal Folks, Bobbs–Merrill, 1904) where one of her characters, Tim, “sang a plantation song named 'Cindy Ann’,” the first verse and refrain of which are:
I’se gwine down ter Richmond,
I’ll tell you w’a hit’s for:
I'se gwine down ter Richmond,
Fer ter try an’ end dis war.
An’–a you good–by, Cindy, Cindy
Good–by, Cindy Ann;
An’–a you good–by, Cindy, Cindy
I’se gwine ter Rappahan.                                                                                                           Notes: “Something Stupid”
■   “Somethin’ Stupid” is a song written by C. Carson Parks. It was originally recorded in 1966 by Parks and his wife Gaile Foote, as Carson and Gaile. The song is best known for the 1967 version by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy Sinatra, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2001, a cover version by British singer Robbie Williams and actress Nicole Kidman reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.                                                                                                                                            
Review
By Dan Caffrey, May 27, 2016  12:00 AM;  Score: B–
♦   Mark Kozelek shows his tender side by singing other artists’ songs...
♦   Even in his ugliest moments, Mark Kozelek has always treated the music he loves with sanctity. In fall of 2015, he took to opening concerts with a beautiful a cappella version of Andy Williams’ “Moon River,” all while still reeling from (and still commenting on) the backlash from his gross comments toward Guardian writer Laura Snapes just a few months earlier. The shows were a strange hybrid of naked vulnerability and I’m–kidding–but–not–really rants directed at his most vocal critics.
♦   To say so feels like a cliché, but that duality is fascinating because, well, duality is almost always fascinating. One learns a lot about an artist by being privy to both their positive and their negative traits, of hearing them sing about being moved by a Led Zeppelin documentary, then getting goaded into bullying a classmate in the same song. It’s up to the listener to decide if the ugliness has a limit, if there’s a point where the darker aspects of the musician turns them from a fan to a detractor.
♦   If they’re just going off of the music, even Kozelek’s detractors will have a hard time taking issue with his latest batch of covers. Gone are the spoken (sometimes shouted) word ramblings of Universal Themes and the unnecessary fan letters read on his Sun Kil Moon collaboration with Jesu. Gone are the fingerpicked interludes and jarring shifts in time signature, switched out for delicate arrangements consisting solely of soft piano and voice. Arrangement–wise, it’s closest to the quietness of Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols, and not just because it contains an unseasonal — yet still soothing — rendition of “O Holy Night.”
♦   Due to the sparse arrangements and chord progressions that mostly stay faithful to the original versions, any variety on Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites comes from the vocals. Toning down the latter–day yowling in favor of his mellow baritone, he peppers the tracks with slight variations that inadvertently serve as hooks, from the falsetto backing on 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” to the in–the–round overdubs on his latest Modest Mouse cover, “Float On.” As with the songs on Tiny Cities, it functions as a soft–rock counterpoint to Isaac Brock’s Jekyll–and–Hyde idiosyncrasies, teasing out the joy through calmness as opposed to hyperactivity.
♦   Kozelek also brings along a cast of supporting players to further underline the tenderness of the songs he’s selected. Despite the high–profile personalities involved, they never overwhelm the fragility with vocal histrionics, whether it’s Mike Patton subtly bolstering the chorus of David Bowie’s “Win” or Minnie Driver gamely stepping into Nancy Sinatra’s backing vocals on “Something Stupid,” with Kozelek taking on the part of Ol’ Blue Eyes. And yet, some musical bulldozing might be in order. As relaxing as it is to hear Mark Kozelek sing favorites, the consistent pleasantries result in the album feeling minor and a little safe when compared to something like Benji. Sometimes, it takes a little ugliness and danger to elevate an album from good to great. ♦   http://www.avclub.com/
Website: http://www.sunkilmoon.com/     
Solo albums
■   What’s Next to the Moon (2001)
■   Like Rats (2013)
■   Perils from the Sea (2013) (with Jimmy LaValle)
■   Mark Kozelek & Desertshore (2013) (with Desertshore)
■   Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols (2014)
■   Dreams of Childhood (2015) (with Nicolás Pauls)
■   Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites (2016) 
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