16 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone familiar with how Mark Kozelek works knows to expect a covers album every few years, with the songs done any way Kozelek feels like doing them. True to form, Like Rats is an eclectic batch, ranging from the progressive rock of Yes ("Onward") and Genesis ("Carpet Crawlers") to the punk rock of The Misfits ("Green Hell") and Descendents ("Silly Girl") all performed with care on Kozelek's nylon-string guitar. Ted Nugent's "Free-For-All" sounds ludicrous (and hilarious), while Bruno Mars' "Young Girls," with appealing harmonies, comes across like a song John Denver could've written. Maxine Nightingale's "Right Back Where We Started From" is far removed from its '70s pop roots. "Onward," originally by Yes, is quiet, tender, and haunting. Danzig's "13" is transformed by Kozelek finger-picking with intensity as the song percolates just shy of two minutes. The Dayglo Abortions' "I Killed Mommy" takes the feel of a Johnny Cash murder ballad. Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" flows with an undercurrent of longing. This edition includes three bonus live cuts.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone familiar with how Mark Kozelek works knows to expect a covers album every few years, with the songs done any way Kozelek feels like doing them. True to form, Like Rats is an eclectic batch, ranging from the progressive rock of Yes ("Onward") and Genesis ("Carpet Crawlers") to the punk rock of The Misfits ("Green Hell") and Descendents ("Silly Girl") all performed with care on Kozelek's nylon-string guitar. Ted Nugent's "Free-For-All" sounds ludicrous (and hilarious), while Bruno Mars' "Young Girls," with appealing harmonies, comes across like a song John Denver could've written. Maxine Nightingale's "Right Back Where We Started From" is far removed from its '70s pop roots. "Onward," originally by Yes, is quiet, tender, and haunting. Danzig's "13" is transformed by Kozelek finger-picking with intensity as the song percolates just shy of two minutes. The Dayglo Abortions' "I Killed Mommy" takes the feel of a Johnny Cash murder ballad. Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" flows with an undercurrent of longing. This edition includes three bonus live cuts.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

HuntsDesk ,

Obviously

MK is great. Download!

artguy81 ,

Lacking and Seemingly Forced

I'm a HUGE Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon, and Kozelek fan so I buy every album he puts out and have for over a decade. This one just feels forced, and is lacking that genuine naturalness/honesty that is found in 80% of his other work. I know it's covers but so are All Mixed Up and Silly Love Songs. They're 2-3 gems on this album but not a lot you can really listen to over and over. Average at best but worth a listen.

Petunia Wrigley ,

Fantastic

As per usual, Kozelek delivers. The Young Girls cover is off the charts. All others are heartfelt and wonderful as well. 5/5 every day of the week.

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