Will Oldham has done it again. He has put out an album that sounds a lot like the last 10 albums he’s put out, and just like those albums…I love it! This time he is performing as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and has enlisted Emmett Kelly and the Cairo Gang to help out. I can’t find much information on these guys, but their contributions to this album, the instrumentation and harmonizing with Oldham, are key to making this another key chapter in a fascinating discography.
I am enthralled with Will Oldham as an artist. His acting, his songwriting, his performances and even his comedy. He is a unique man with a unique look. I was shocked the first time I saw what he looked like and I would love to know more about what this guy does in his personal life. He’s just one of those people I would like to know on a personal level.
As for the sound of the album, it sounds like most Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy music. Minimal acoustic music with Will‘s voice at the forefront singing about lost love, trouble, tribulations and modern life. His output always ranging from indie rock to country to folk. This album leans toward the folk quite a bit.
If you like Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, you will like this album. It’s not going to surprise you, but it will not disappoint you either. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is just Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and thank god for that!