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Music  >>  Vinyl  >>  Rock/Pop

Sun Kil Moon

Ghosts Of The Great Highway

Sun Kil Moon Ghosts Of The Great Highway
 
 




Originally released in 2003 on Jetset Records. One time only vinyl re-press of this cult classic.
 
An album as good as Ghosts of the Great Highway should never go out of print. Ghosts continues-- even fine-tunes-- the work Kozelek did with his former band, Red House Painters. These songs are virtuously stoic Americana-- all shimmery guitars, measured tempos, malevolent moods, and wandering melodies. His voice sounds like Neil Young’s, especially in the effortlessness with which he hits the high notes then returns to a lower, earthier texture. Ghosts is a travelogue of sorts, speeding through the Midwest and the West; in this sense, it’s the male equivalent to Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, especially in the imperfect mirroring of physical terrain and emotional geography. The band Kozelek assembled for Ghosts-- Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Mooney (American Music Club), and Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab), along with a few guests-- ably but subtly bolster his lyrics and vocals, generating a steady clip that never flags. The result is an album as hypnotic as highway divider lines whizzing past. Includes original bonus track “Gentle Moon (Acoustic).”
 
“For the first time, Kozelek has put out an album whose meticulous sequencing yields more than just a random scattershot collection of great songs, but rather a complete cohesive musical statement.” – Pitchfork
 
“Like all finer works by significant American artists, Ghosts of the Great Highway represents an expansive, continent-traversing narrative that evokes the literary style of John Steinbeck and the vivid imagery of everyday American life captured in the watercolors of Edward Hopper…one of the finest recordings of the year, and perhaps one of the year’s more impressive total artistic achievements as well.” – PopMatters
 
“Despite its sepia-tone cover and reflective lyrical tone, Ghosts Of The Great Highway is far from monochromatic; au contraire, it’s one of
Kozelek’s most vibrant records yet.” – No Depression
 
“The bottom line here is that Kozelek’s aesthetic with Sun Kil Moon may not be radically different than his RHP project, but it is moving, graceful, and consciously beautiful.” – AllMusic

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