Sun Kil Moon
Among The Leaves
Caldo Verde Records 
Fire Note Says: Fifth studio album Among The Leaves is some of Sun Kil Moon's most relaxed work yet.
Getting old sucks and what better perspective to get that info from than Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon vehicle. Right in the beginning of "Sunshine In Chicago" Kozelek reminisces about all the gorgeous girls that used to see him in his Red House Painters days which have now been replaced with dudes in tennis shoes. This second track sets the tone for his fifth studio album Among The Leaves as it is an album that does not necessarily complain about life nor is as much of a downer as several of Kozelek's previous albums but is more of an observation and dare to say it - a more lighthearted viewing of everyday trials.
Sun Kil Moon is at its strongest with this more hush and intimate setting while Among The Leaves finds Kozelek in a very relaxed mode. At an hour and 13 minutes running over 17 tracks there is much to take in on Among The Leaves. This can be a good thing as the music really starts to sink in and lets your mind wander but still maybe some more editing would have enhanced the record. The other thing that is very obvious on Among The Leaves is that I don't think Mark Kozelek cares about what others think this time out. This allows him to be laid back and just sing. With just those two components Among The Leaves is another solid Sun Kil Moon outing and will please longtime fans right till the strumming end!
Key Tracks: "Among The Leaves", "Sunshine In Chicago", "Elaine"
Bands With Similar Fire:
Mark Kozelek: Live At Union Chapel & Sodra Teatern [Fire Note Review 6/16/11]
Sun Kil Moon: Admiral Fell Promises [Fire Note Review 7/14/10]
Mark Kozelek: Lost Verses Live [Fire Note Review 5/27/09]
Sun Kil Moon: April [Fire Note Review 4/18/08]
Sun Kil Moon Website
Caldo Verde Records
-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony