All right, started out with Ghosts of the Great Highway, based on your comments.
Disclaimer: Came in with a built-in bias stemming from Kozelek’s reputation as a ####head, but I was perfectly willing to set it aside and give SKM a fair shot, and am glad I did. I was previously only familiar with one or two Red House Painters songs.
As you predicted, gotta begrudgingly admit that it's totally up my alley. Kozelek has a really nice voice for this. "Glenn Tipton" is extremely my jam. Builds really nicely, with no rush at all (which goes for the whole album), and I dig the little guitar outro.
Saw that "Carry Me Ohio" was one of the most played on Spotify, and it's lovely. Think it might've been even better were it a minute shorter, if I'm being honest, but I still dig it.
Oh, I didn't realize "Salvador Sanchez" was on this one. Got mixed up in my mind and thought it was on Benji. Yeah, I remember it being picked (by you?) in a draft ages ago, and I really liked it, but didn't get around to checking out their other stuff at the time. Kozelek is way into boxing, huh? This is halfway towards a Boxers Who Died Young concept album - which I don't mind at all, they're all captivating songs. Super strong trio of songs to open the album.
"Last Tide" flows really smoothly into "Floating", but they didn't make as much of an impression on me as "Gentle Moon" right afterwards, which was my favorite. Really wonderful song, and I saw you picked it for the playlist too. Will come back to this one.
Whoa, is that some rocking on "Lily and Parrots"? Nice switch-up to break the reminiscing-on-the-porch of the record, but I don't know if I like it as much as the rest.
"Duk Koo Kim" is such a sad story. 14 minutes, but it actually breezed by, 'cause I was thoroughly immersed.
"Pancho Villa" is a damn nice bookend drawing back to "Salvador", and I might like it even better. Really powerful.
On the whole, they know what they're doing on this one and don't feel much need to deviate from it, which totally works. Really enjoyable listening experience and I'm more willing to dig into SKM now.