Benji (studio album) by Sun Kil Moon

Benji by Sun Kil Moon
Year: 2014
Release date: 2014-02-11
Overall rank: 355th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 744 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 2014 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2010s (47th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (355th)
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80/100
From 05/11/2022 17:00
Very Bruce, but still original and good.
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From 05/05/2022 19:30
There was a time, perhaps not that long ago, where I would have dismissed this album as boring and unlistenable. As a middle aged man…yeah, this record resonates. It’s not necessarily the music or the lyrics or the voice that resonates, but the wisdom that comes from an accumulation of loss, hurt, regret, and guilt.

“Ben Is My Friend” is maybe the one track that didn’t click for me.
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From 02/03/2022 21:28
Raw and honest, pretty and skillful. Carissa.
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From 11/25/2021 18:46
Incrivelmente íntimo!
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From 09/18/2021 21:15
This album is full of emotional and well written songs that really grip you and keep you entertained. While it does drag for the hour run time there is still enough to explore to make it a great record. The instrumentation is brilliant and minimalistic and the guitar work really suits the atmosphere and flow of the record. There are the weaker tracks lyrically as well which are a bit more simple but they still provide entertainment and there is a lot still to find in those tracks. The music is so honest and accessible that it is difficult to see why you wouldn't enjoy this album as it can be enjoyed both passively or you could deeply listen to the record and it would provide just as much pleasure either way. On the whole, this is a fantastic record and one that I love to revisit.
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From 08/05/2019 02:39
A chilling folk album about death reminiscent of Nebraska
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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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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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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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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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