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Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, is the type of alt-country musician who has spent the past two decades avoiding such stereotyping. His approach is full of curveballs designed to keep you guessing which way they’ll break. Old school country, mountain folk, and modern day rock electricity fuse together in unpredictable patterns all skewered to make the most of Oldham’s unusual, parched voice. For Beware, he enlists an accomplished set of backing musicians who reach towards the type of loose and funky country music of the “outlaw country” movement of the ‘70s. Wah-wah guitars, flutes, and violins pass through the background while Oldham swoons to crooners such as “I Don’t Belong to Anyone” and “You Are Lost,” and even rocks out a tad for “You Don’t Love Me” and “I Am Goodbye.” His lyrics forever vacillate between clear-eyed heart-tugging sentiments and enigmatic epigrams that suggest a man who reads philosophy textbooks next to his issues of Field and Stream.

Customer Reviews

You little punks

Show some god damn respect you little babies! Stand at attention and prepare to be schooled.

support true american art

amongst a gray horizon of insufferable, american kitch music, there is a brillant light and hope for art; bonnie "prince" billy. this album, as i listen to it now, is as affecting and dreadfully beautiful as 'the letting go' and 'lie down in the light', with gospel-like harmonies and lyrics strong, as always, but with a new, refreshing drive of intent. will oldham has created another indelible album. live long american art

One of his most accessible

I can agree with the one reviewer about BPB, sometimes its been "same old, same old"...Sometimes, as laid back as he is, I wish he'd put some energy into it. Which he does here. I was sort of taken off guard. In terms of what this guy does best, this is one of his most satisying albums along with I See A Darkness. His most Country sounding since Since Greatest Palace Music, but there's an unexpected psyche folk turn at the end with "Afraid Ain't Me". Plenty of fiddle, a little lap steel, a toot of trumpet, a whistle of flute & even some tasteful sax. Things you don't always find on a BPB record. Oh yeah, the songs are none to shabby either! BPB at his most accessible. 5 stars for standing out among his others.


Born: December 24, 1970 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After his stints performing as Palace, Palace Songs, Palace Brothers, and under his own name throughout the '90s, by the end of the decade Will Oldham seemed to finally settle on the Bonnie "Prince" Billy moniker as the main outlet for his work. Regardless of the name he used to release his music or the musicians supporting him, Oldham's style remained largely the same, pitting shambling and often sparse music against his creaky, world-weary voice and literate lyrics. The Louisville, Kentucky native...
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