11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As with every Bonnie “Prince” Billy release, Will Oldham writes and sings tales that are deliberately obscure and always on his own terms. His singing mostly sticks to understated and tuneful; only on occasion does he reach for the wild abandon (“Old Match”) of his earlier releases with Palace Brothers. In its place, he uses poetic restraint and a seasoned group of musicians, highlighted by pedal steel guitar that brings elegance and a sense of order. Cairo Gang’s Emmett Kelley and the vocal choir of Caroline Peyton, Alfreda McCrary-Lee, and Regina and Ann McCrary bring a touch of country (“Night Noises,” “We Are Unhappy”) and gospel (“Mindlessness”), while esteemed engineer Mark Nevers ensures the album comes together as one flowing, consistent adventure. Oldham reaches his most aching and existential on “New Black Rich (Tusks),” which combines raw drums, rough fiddle, and lightly overdriven electric guitar to create the modest environment necessary for his sense of sorrow. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

As with every Bonnie “Prince” Billy release, Will Oldham writes and sings tales that are deliberately obscure and always on his own terms. His singing mostly sticks to understated and tuneful; only on occasion does he reach for the wild abandon (“Old Match”) of his earlier releases with Palace Brothers. In its place, he uses poetic restraint and a seasoned group of musicians, highlighted by pedal steel guitar that brings elegance and a sense of order. Cairo Gang’s Emmett Kelley and the vocal choir of Caroline Peyton, Alfreda McCrary-Lee, and Regina and Ann McCrary bring a touch of country (“Night Noises,” “We Are Unhappy”) and gospel (“Mindlessness”), while esteemed engineer Mark Nevers ensures the album comes together as one flowing, consistent adventure. Oldham reaches his most aching and existential on “New Black Rich (Tusks),” which combines raw drums, rough fiddle, and lightly overdriven electric guitar to create the modest environment necessary for his sense of sorrow. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Das Boone ,

New to BPB

If you haven't discovered Bonnie "Prince" the time is NOW with "Singer's Grave a Tale of Tongues" It will lead to back to more as Oldham has been making some of the most interesting and unusual music around for many years.

hopewrite ,

"Prince" Billy fan.

This is vintage Bonnie "Prince" Billy. If you are fan already you will like this. The usual introspective songs are all here, sung in Billys' slightly off pitch voice. You gotta love im!!

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