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I think Like Rats sounds decent. There’s no “New Partner” or some of the revelations in past covers but he definitely has a gift as you mentioned. Pulling out some little meaning within a song and blowing that up in the quietest, most beautiful way possible.
I guess the stream was enough to prompt me to get my preorder in. I’ll never listen to the CD after I rip it but I’ll do my part to support the fiscal realities at play here (even if the ridiculous shipping fees stung on this).
As a huge fan of Kozelek I’m convinced he’s doing this for himself… just like the live shows that are all fingerpicked and make all the songs bleed together. Just like nylon stringed guitars for the last two Sun Kil Moon albums. If I’m right, there’s a certain respect I have for that.