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  • Awesome Music: All the albums have moments like this, but Ghosts on the Great Highway is often considered a prime example of amazing work, in particular with the Epic Rocking track of "Duk Koo Kim".
  • Broken Base: The divide between Red House Painters fans and Sun Kil Moon fans is one in itself, but basically every album the band has made with the exception of Ghosts Of The Great Highway has split the fans. And even that album had it's detractors in the form of RHP fans who preferred the older, darker, sound.
    • ''Tiny Cities'' polarized the fanbase between those who admired Kozelek's attempts at reinterpreting such tricky songs, and those who believed that it was a waste of time and that he should focus on composing his own music.
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    • While generally very well received, April is also fairly divisive. Some fans believe that Kozelek's decision to head towards a darker, folksier direction was a good one, and that the album is the single best thing Kozelek has produced. However a small minority, proclaim it to be meandering, and wish Kozelek didn't cut down on the Neil Young inspired guitar soloing found on his previous three albums.
    • Admiral Fell Promises split fans into two camps. The first camp believes that Kozelek was foolish to record the album solo and not use a backing band, whilst the latter believes that the compositions are strong enough to be solo pieces, and that Kozelek's guitar playing is good enough to compensate for the lack of a backing band.
    • And perhaps the largest one of all occurred with the release of Among The Leaves. Half the fans seem to view the record as a huge disappointment, and criticize Kozelek for being self indulgent on the record, and for once again, not using a backing band. The other half, however, view the record as a very good one that does an excellent job showcasing Kozelek's sense of humor.
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    • Benji is proving to be just as divisive as Among The Leaves. Its fans love the record for it's sparse nature, personal lyrics, and haunting atmsphere. In contrast, it's detractors view it as a lazily written, boring album that has been grossly over-hyped by the music press.
    • The two albums after Benji, Universal Themes and Common as Light and Love are Red Valleys of Blood, seem to not only be continuing the minimalistic garage folk of Benji, but they've also been stretching out the songs longer and longer and filling them up with so called "dadrants" from Mark, something that has put off a lot of longtime fans, especially after Mark's behavior at concerts during the Universal Themes tour.
    • The transition from "songs" to "rambles" tend to bother fans, especially those who see the project as a RHP successor and miss Mark's singing style. Not helped later albums are seen as just "Mark ranting/rambling about something in his life".
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  • Epic Riff: "With a Sort of Grace I Walked to the Bathroom to Cry," "Little Rascals," "Garden of Lavender," "Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes," "Pray for Newtown"
  • Face of the Band: Kozelek.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kozelek really can be seen as this: Dude makes some very depressing and melancholic music that everyone can sympathize with (even the current music where it's just him discussing autobiographical situations), but there's no doubt that his ego driven behavior doesn't help matters either.
  • Memetic Mutation: The titles Mark gives songs tend to be this by fans, simply because of how over the top they are.
  • Narm: As mentioned above, certain song titles tend to be this for fans, due to how awkward they care compared to how the song is.
    • The album covers, which seem like something straight out of an Instagram account, with Benji coming into mind.
    • "The War on Drugs, Suck My Cock", that is all.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes," with some Tear Jerker mixed in for good measure.
  • Tear Jerker: The majority of April basically qualifies for this, since it's themes of loss revolve around Mark's feelings after the death of his muse.
    • "Garden of Lavender," dear god.
    • "Pray for Newtown," "Glenn Tipton," and "Carry Me Ohio."
    • "Jim Wise," a true story about a man who mercy-killed his wife.
    • Off his new album, "Early June Blues," a song about Mark realizing the pain of touring especially during an agonizing year like 2016, and "God Bless Ohio," a song where Mark returns to his hometown and realizes how dilapidated it's all become, immediately come to mind.
  • Vindicated by History: When ''Admiral Fell Promises" was released in 2010, a number of fans were displeased with the fact that Kozelek opted to record an album without any accompaniment. Nowadays, however, a number of fans venerate it as one of the stronger albums of Mark Kozelek's career.
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