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ALBUM REVIEW: Sun Kil Moon’s April

April 12, 2008

From the onset of and throughout his latest album-April drops this Tuesday-Mark Kozelek’s (Sun Kil Moon himself) California roots are quite audible. This is sunny, no-hurry folk-rock. It’s the soundtrack to John Steinbeck’s Cali. April begins with its second longest track, the 9 minute 43 second “Lost Verses,” which exhibits what works so well on this album when it’s working: however long, slow and repetitive Kozelek’s songs are, they never lose momentum, and his patience is far more a virtue than a vice. (check out “Lost Verses at Sun Kil Moon’s MySpace). April is just over 73 minutes long-an absurdity and also a bravery at a time when the biggest indie hit is Vampire Weekend’s 34 minute debut-but it doesn’t feel as long and gives very little filler. Kozelek has done us well and made one of ’08’s best albums. April comes highly recommended. Hear it, of course, on KRUI, 89.7 FM.

Sun Kil Moon, April: 85%

HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: Lost Verses, Harper Road, Tonight The Sky, Tonight in Bilbao, Blue Orchids

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