In 2014, Mark Kozelek released Benji – his 6th album under the Sun Kil Moon moniker. In my opinion, it is one of the best albums I’ve ever listened to. I still listen to it regularly, and it still affects me every bit as much as it did the first time. With Benji, Kozelek had perfected his gift for storytelling, delivering outrageously candid monologues shrouded in downright vulnerability. As was the case with 2015’s Universal Themes and 2016’s Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, these heights aren’t in any danger from Common As Light…, but there’s no denying that this is an epic stream of consciousness – the like of which could only be made to work by Kozelek. The themes explored throughout the record’s massive 130-minute runtime are remarkably current – for example the Orlando shootings and the Paris attacks – and it’s these moments where the album commands absolute attention. Not even Kozelek can command it entirely for 130 minutes, though, and when you’ve already achieved perfection just three years previously, it’s always going to be hard to reach those heights again.
[FIRST PUBLISHED ON NO RIPCORD]