Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bonnie Prince Billy "The Letting Go" (2006)

One of the hardest things any artist can do is to find his or her own voice.  It's comparatively easy to do work in the style of someone else.  Yet how many people can produce works that clearly couldn't have been produced by anyone else?  Will Oldham seems to be one of the few contemporary musicians who has found his voice, and is completely comfortable with it.

This isn't the best album under the Bonnie Prince Billy nom de rock, but when it works, it is sublime.  Simple songs about the quiet pleasures of domestic life.  A real gem.

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