"When we were kids, we hated things our parents did"

- Red House Painters
 

Benji (album) by Sun Kil Moon 

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Benji
Benji by Sun Kil Moon (2014)
Release date: 2014-02-11
Overall rank: 484th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 599 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2014 (3rd)
Top 50 albums of the 2010s (41st)
Top 500 albums of all time (484th)

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Sun Kil Moon bestography

Benji is ranked as the best album by Sun Kil Moon.

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 599 votes)
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95/100
From MPS1010 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 Brad1770 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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From JulianR 08/11/2017 07:42
Seemed to me like a mediocre lyricist pretending to be profound. It never really clicked at any point for me. It was more of a storytelling than a musical experience. But the stories just weren't very gripping. I think "A crow looked at me" is what this album is trying to be.

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75/100
From radio-head 10/30/2016 06:16
A bit monotonous and rambling, but good overall.
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95/100
From Rhett 05/09/2016 00:26
I didn't know this guy was from my hometown until I heard this record. Makes the sadcore believable, knowing he's from NE Ohio.

Great stuff.
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70/100
From luigybetis 04/16/2016 14:06
I am surprised with Mark Kozelek's change. I loved his music in his Red House Painters stage, and I also liked the first part of Sun Kil Moon music. But since Among The Leaves, I think he is gone and he'll never come back...
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100/100
From yonstein414 01/15/2016 18:08
Thank you, Mark Kozelek, for baring your soul on record.
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75/100
From junodog4 11/10/2015 04:12
I agree with Krypto and Pantsoff. An amazing storyteller, but I struggle to listen to this as a piece of music. I guess it's too 'stream of conciousness' for me. As an aside, Jim Wise is heart-wrenching and beautiful, but Dogs is awful.
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From louisjwyatt 09/17/2015 15:43
I honestly don't think I've ever felt this downright uncomfortable listening to a piece of music before. I love Mark Kozelek, but this just felt like one of those times when someone you've never met before just starts sharing all of this personal information with you that you didn't ask for. Benji is beautifully written, but it will hurt you if you're not ready for it.
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