Mark Kozelek, 'The Finally LP' (Caldo Verde)

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The Finally LP
Critical Mass
Label: Caldo Verde

by Kenny Herzog

When performing others' material, Mark Kozelek has always been stronger the more extreme the reinterpretation (see his melancholic versions of the Cars, Yes, and John Denver). But this odds-and-ends comp is unusually straightforward.

More on SPIN.com: >> Artist of the Day Mark Kozelek His lovely rendition of Low's "Lazy" transforms an angsty lament into an earnest plea for change; and while Kozelek's take on AC/DC's "If You Want Blood" boasts a revelatory rearrangement, it sounds strangely toothless beside a sincere internalization of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns."

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