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Red House Painters (Roller-Coaster) [LP]
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Album: Red House Painters (Roller-Coaster) [LP]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Grace Cathedral Park
2)    Down Through
3)    Katy Song
4)    Mistress
5)    Things Mean a Lot
6)    Funhouse
7)    Take Me Out
8)    Rollercoaster
1)    New Jersey
2)    Dragonflies
3)    Mistress [Piano Version]
4)    Mother
5)    Strawberry Hill
6)    Brown Eyes
 

Album: Red House Painters (Roller-Coaster) [LP]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Grace Cathedral Park
2)    Down Through
3)    Katy Song
4)    Mistress
5)    Things Mean a Lot
6)    Funhouse
7)    Take Me Out
8)    Rollercoaster
1)    New Jersey
2)    Dragonflies
3)    Mistress [Piano Version]
4)    Mother
5)    Strawberry Hill
6)    Brown Eyes
 
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Performer Notes
  • Red House Painters: Mark Kozelek (vocals, guitar); Gordon Mack (guitar); Jerry Vessel (bass); Anthony Koutsos (drums).
  • Though the two are separated by only a year, RED HOUSE PAINTERS ups the group's ante considerably from DOWN COLORFUL HILL. Many of the songs are more concisely written, the arrangements are more fully realized, and there's a greater dynamic range. The agenda remains largely the same though; Mark Kozelek still sounds like someone who needs to be watched closely around sharp objects, and bleak, dreamy folk-rock is still the name of the game. Romantic dejection is a favorite topic, unflinchingly documented on "Katy's Song" and several others.
  • The mix of complex acoustic finger-picking and soft, airy electric guitar provides the perfect latticework for Kozelek's tales of spiritual desolation, though bits of inspired distortion do kick in occasionally. A few songs even boast hooks--"Mistress" is so (relatively) catchy the band decided to present it in two different versions here, both equally effective. Though there are several shorter tunes, the slowly building epic is still the Painters' stock in trade, and a highlight is the creeping, 13-minute psychedelic nightmare of "Mother."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/25/93, p.120) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Some of the slowest and mopiest self-revelations ever committed to tape....RED HOUSE PAINTERS are quite the rosy crucifixion..."

Spin (6/93, p.18) - Recommended - "...singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek's principal antecedents--folk lovelies Tim Buckley and Nick Drake--overdosed within a year of each other....[Kozelek] and band are breathing some of the same rarified air as those delicate souls. Beauty and sadness abound, coffered in precarious folk settings..."

Alternative Press (8/93, p.85) - "...[RED HOUSE PAINTERS] possess an intimacy that shuts out the rest of the world. The sorrow-absorbing songs here first command your attention and soon after capture your heart..."

Option (9-10/93, p.122) - "...you may not want to listen, but you're compelled to....[Red House Painters'] second release contains more good surprises and genuine emotion than a truckload of other so-called `alternatives'..."

Melody Maker (5/22/93, p.28) - "...[RED HOUSE PAINTERS] is the musical equivalent of letting the dappled, slow-moving surface of some great river carry you where the undercurrents dictate..."

Musician (7/93, p.94) - "...Kozelek writes in a brutally confessional style that makes '70s singer/songwriters seem like wimps....the band plays in a slow, haunting, disquiet that tightens the focus on Kozelek's vulnerable vocals. A harrowing but often transcendent record..."

NME (Magazine) (5/22/93, p.33) - "...What separates [Mark Kozelek] from the spoilt bastard whinings of other pop miserablists is that he never asks what he's done to deserve the grief....RED HOUSE PAINTERS is one long look back in anguish...and how refreshing a good rib-aching weep can be..."
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