Benji (studio album) by Sun Kil Moon

Benji
Benji by Sun Kil Moon
Year: 2014
Release date: 2014-02-11
Overall rank: 343rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 704 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 2014 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2010s (41st)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (343rd)
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Benji is ranked as the best album by Sun Kil Moon.

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Rating:  
95/100
From 08/05/2019 02:39
A chilling folk album about death reminiscent of Nebraska
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80/100
From 04/13/2019 20:14
I've always felt a tension between my appreciation of the art and my appreciation of the artist, and no artist's work epitomizes that polarity more than Mark Kozelek. One the one hand, there's this album, which is by turns funny, morbid, obfuscatory, and achingly beautiful--a somber rock performance worthy of the critical accolades it received at the time. On the other hand is Mark Kozelek himself, the kind of misogynistic jerk who onstage called a female journalist who wanted to interview him a "bitch." I think I'm pretty much done with him, but I can't quite bring myself to ignore the high quality of this album or its deserving place among the best albums of 2014.
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Rating:  
75/100
From 03/31/2019 21:29
Highlights: Ben's My Friend, Truck Driver, Jim Wise

Low points: Dogs, Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes
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90/100
From 03/22/2019 23:54
Can't believe I haven't heard this until now. This is a fantastic record
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100/100
From 02/18/2019 20:52
Mark Kozelek is my favorite artist of the last years. It is unstoppable: he releases more and more albums and is doing more and more touring. The American is the author of "Benji" (with Sun Kil Moon): an absolute masterpiece. The songs are pure, the album is largely built around his voice and his guitar. The stories told in this album are exciting and very well written. Indeed, I think it's one of the best album of all time in terms of writing. "Benji" is, for me, the biggest album of Mark Kozelek's discography.

10/10

Best track: "Carissa"
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60/100
From 09/03/2018 17:28
I think the idea of stream of consciousness singing is pretty interesting. His honesty is very welcome, how ugly the content of the words may be. Thing is 1: he’s probably not the first, and more importantly 2: when I click on an artist on spotify or buy a CD or LP, what I expect to get is music. Lyrics are of secondary importance. If you think this album (and albums of the like) is amazing, maybe a site which discusses poetry is more appropriate for you.
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25/100
From 08/19/2018 09:12
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95/100
From 04/04/2018 22:23
This is a top 15 album for me. The lyrical style is experimental but immediately accessible and mesmerizing. The stripped-back but intricate fingerpicked guitar and light percussion adds to the intimacy of the album. An experience similar to Sufjan Steven's Carrie & Lowell.
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45/100
From 03/25/2018 11:36
Critics and music boffins alike seem to wet their pants for the confessional spill your guts type album , one only needs to look no further than the staggeringly positive reviews for this album and Mount Erie’s “ A Crow Looked At Me “ . I’m not one of them

What you have here are 11 tracks ( 1 hour !) of one guys stream of consciousness over a mostly mundane guitar and none are particularly interesting , none draw you in and none definitely have replay ability , listening to this album is much like reading a boring book you can’t wait to finish

Some of the lyrics here are truly awful, check this line out from ‘ I Love My Dad’

“ When I was 5 I came home from Kindergarten and cried because they’d sat me next to an albino “ !

The track ‘Dogs ‘ ( a sexual encounter he had whilst listening to Pink Floyd’s ‘ Dogs’ ) is voyeristic and cring worthy & is down right terrible , track 8 'I Watched the Film The Song Remains the Same ' is similarly dreadful and rambles on for more than 10 minutes

There are some ok moments though , opener 'Carissa' is sad and sets a somber mood , 'Pray for Newtown' cries out for gun control 4 years prior to 2018's mood and 'Truck Driver' is musically the best thing here

Oh and the album needs to come with a health warning... Aerosol Cans Can Kill ( listen to the album and you’ll understand)

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