10 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, records most prolifically; prior to this album he released a number of singles that aren’t included her. His music remains a pure sound, truer to the spirit of old folk, country, and blues recordings than nearly all other performers in the 21st century. Oldham isn’t afraid of silence, of a dear quiet that makes his music an unsettling affair. “No Match” is a timeless country ballad, supported with sweet harmony vocals. “New Whaling” is stark and foreboding. With Chicago singer Angel Olsen joining him on the lilting and slightly shocking “New Tibet,” Oldham reaches the heights of Master and Everyone. “Black Captain” marinates in a slowness that only Oldham can make compelling and revealing. “Cows” spends most of its five minutes with a hypnotizing stillness before breaking out with electric guitars and Gypsy-like vocal harmonies. The even sparer “There Will Be Spring” is an enticing stroke of melancholy. “Quails and Dumplings,” another star turn for Olsen, picks up the pace with nods toward Celtic folk.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, records most prolifically; prior to this album he released a number of singles that aren’t included her. His music remains a pure sound, truer to the spirit of old folk, country, and blues recordings than nearly all other performers in the 21st century. Oldham isn’t afraid of silence, of a dear quiet that makes his music an unsettling affair. “No Match” is a timeless country ballad, supported with sweet harmony vocals. “New Whaling” is stark and foreboding. With Chicago singer Angel Olsen joining him on the lilting and slightly shocking “New Tibet,” Oldham reaches the heights of Master and Everyone. “Black Captain” marinates in a slowness that only Oldham can make compelling and revealing. “Cows” spends most of its five minutes with a hypnotizing stillness before breaking out with electric guitars and Gypsy-like vocal harmonies. The even sparer “There Will Be Spring” is an enticing stroke of melancholy. “Quails and Dumplings,” another star turn for Olsen, picks up the pace with nods toward Celtic folk.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

objekx ,

and again....

Will seems to find some great places to record his thread bear songs. His voice and accompanying voices have that perfect timbre
that arise the feeling of a walk through some old growth with well worn paths that feel just right. I look forward to his releases like the fall.
Thanks Bonnie... you are real.

Bakshi35 ,

One of his most emotionally engaging recordings

I have all of BPB's and Will Oldham's recordings...I agree with the reviewer who said he reached "Masters and Everyone" here...some are far more sparse and effective here, in fact. This is not I see a Darkness but wow...a more polished and thoughtful incarnation.

Scott Lovato ,

The King of Avant-Americana Returns

Anyone who's sick of the same old crapola on the radio needs to listen to the back catalogue of Will Oldham. A welcome addition to the American Classics.

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