8 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, changes everything he touches. This exquisite EP of covers and one original, the upbeat “I’m Loving the Street,” recasts most of the material until it’s virtually unrecognizable from its origins. With the assistance of Greg Weeks and Meg Baird of the Philadelphia-based druid-folk group Espers, Oldham finds the back-porch folk-soul resting inside such a disparate collection of tunes as R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest,” Björk’s “I’ve Seen It All” and Phil Ochs’ “My Life.” Fans of those tunes would probably pass them without notice at least the first few times around. In place of their familiar arrangements, Oldham puts his own sympathetic mountain folk phrasings. No one would expect to hear Frank Sinatra’s “Cycles” cast as an Appalachian folk ballad, but even the Mekons’ “The Way I Am” goes into deep country with gorgeous harmonies from Baird. Only country songwriter Mickey Newbury’s “I Came to Hear the Music” comes close to its original mood, as Oldham brings it a soft, sympathetic interpretation that sounds like it was birthed in the early ‘70s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, changes everything he touches. This exquisite EP of covers and one original, the upbeat “I’m Loving the Street,” recasts most of the material until it’s virtually unrecognizable from its origins. With the assistance of Greg Weeks and Meg Baird of the Philadelphia-based druid-folk group Espers, Oldham finds the back-porch folk-soul resting inside such a disparate collection of tunes as R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest,” Björk’s “I’ve Seen It All” and Phil Ochs’ “My Life.” Fans of those tunes would probably pass them without notice at least the first few times around. In place of their familiar arrangements, Oldham puts his own sympathetic mountain folk phrasings. No one would expect to hear Frank Sinatra’s “Cycles” cast as an Appalachian folk ballad, but even the Mekons’ “The Way I Am” goes into deep country with gorgeous harmonies from Baird. Only country songwriter Mickey Newbury’s “I Came to Hear the Music” comes close to its original mood, as Oldham brings it a soft, sympathetic interpretation that sounds like it was birthed in the early ‘70s.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Ncllnn ,

Bonnie prince billy

Bonnie prince Billy can do no wrong

Salvator Paradise ,

Will Odham does Danzig and R. Kelly

In this album of cover songs (with one original) Odham yet again proves his musical genius. His interpretations of these varied and diverse tracks all all have his distinct flair and lend a meaning to many of the songs that is simply not present in the original. My only complaint is that it isn't long enough, clocking in at about 30min the listener is left wanting more.

yoko08 ,

lay and love

where is the album with the senor cover i bought it my ipod broke i got a shuffle im stupid in love withit want to buy it again

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