Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town

Party Pooper Perhaps, But....

At times the music is dirgecountry - Will Oldham's trademark cagey and occasional dissonant vocal crawling through painfully slow and barren songs - but I still love it! It is at the very least distinctive and interesting, but it's obviously more than this: that very sedentary singing drawing you close to the lyrics and confronting the raw emotion. Yet this album is much more varied than this, and his touring band of Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Shahzad Ismaily, Emmett Kelly, Danny Kiely, and Angel Olsen provide excellent instrumental accompaniment as well as soaring harmonies and other attendant vocal embellishments. Don't put it on to get the party going, but play in those quiet moments where thoughtful introspection and gentle pleasures are desired.

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