Release Date: Dec 9, 2008
Record label: Caldo Verde
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Mark Kozelek's back-catalog as the creative force behind the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon is brimming with quietly staggering original records of sepia-faded depth and a paradoxically radiant bleakness. It is his ability not just to interpret the songs of others but to incorporate them into his fingerplucked world of lovely sadness, though, that makes him such a intensely satisfying and occasionally surprising performer. The Finally LP’s collection of acoustic covers lacks the miracle of surprise -- Kozelek’s 2001 album, Rock ‘N Roll Singer, which found him turning in a set of slow-motioned and gorgeous covers of Bon Scott-era AC/DC tunes, has already set the standard for his interpretive gifts.
Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek has contributed to many compilations, indie soundtracks, dance troupe theater pieces, and tribute albums, as well as recorded prodigiously, even if plenty remains in the can. As such, it can be difficult for less than absolutely fanatical fans to keep straight. The Finally LP is an attempt to organize some of this loose material into some sort of coherent whole.