Quick Review (LP): Admiral Fell Promises by Sun Kil Moon

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Admiral Fell Promises
Caldo Verde; 2010

My Rating: B-

Best Tracks: “Third & Seneca”, “You Are My Sun”, “Admiral Fell Promises”

This is a record so snoozy that it makes “I’m Only Sleeping” seem like a Mastodon outtake (Yes, I’m here all night). Rarely does it approach that monolithic musical identity called pop/rock. Instead, it’s a serious departure even from the slo-mo epics of Red House Painters. This is more of a classical guitar album than anything else, and I can handle that on one level. The problem is that I don’t think Kozelek’s fans want him to fade away into obscurity as a “high art-form” musician, and unfortunately that’s what the trajectory on this record appears to indicate. Whereas there’s a handful of distinctively strong tracks, such as the world-weary “Third & Seneca”, most of the record feels academic, just a little too reasonable. In light of that, maybe a collaboration with Mastodon next time around wouldn’t be so outrageous. Wake me up the next time around.

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