It’s difficult to find records that are genuinely moving. Plenty are entertaining, clever, catchy, even electrifying but the ability to get us to listen to something that is so deftly handled that it transcends its deathly dark subject matter is rare indeed.
Sun Kil Moon’s ‘Benji’ achieves this. Every song deals in some way with death and loss but in such a simple and direct way that like the best short stories we are swept along by the narrative.
Whether Mark Kozelek (the man behind Sun Kil Moon) is telling us about his love for his mother or his first sexual experience or the death of a distant cousin, his plain unadorned honesty and humor shines through. He understands the importance of a simple truthful detail over the highfalutin’ metaphor.