Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Red House Painters - Songs for a Blue Guitar (1996)

One of the staples in the slowcore movement of the 1990s, this record brings singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek's lyrics that overflow with nostalgic regret to a whole new level. More guitar driven than his previous efforts, the listener feels every last bit of the weight of his words on songs like "Have You Forgotten" and the album's title track. In addition, he provides a beautiful cover of Wings' "Silly Love Songs." This record was released after Red House Painters was dropped from 4AD in the wake of alternative bands like Nirvana, a decision that the president of the label would later informally announce to have regretted.

For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Ben Gibbard, Will Oldham


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