2014 Albums of the Year: Sun Kil Moon – Benji


The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2014. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with ten records that unanimously wowed us this year.

2014 was a big news year for Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek. Too bad it mostly had to do with the “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” beef. It’s almost hard to believe that Kozelek made one of the best sad albums of the year.

The tone for Benji  is set early with “Carissa”. It’d be surprising to find a theme of sunshine and lollipops on an album that opens with a song about a relative dying in a fire. “Richard Ramirez Dies Today of Natural Causes” (above) is another feel good tune, but don’t let the saddness and melancholy fool you – there’s comfort in Benji; a comfort in the personal, raw nature of every song.  Keep it simple, and everyone will relate.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Sun Kil Moon. “Ben’s My Friend” will leave you feeling somewhat ok with being less successful than some of your friends. You’ll also want crab cakes.

-Michelle Farres


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