Master And Everyone - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
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  • Summary: Don't know Bonnie "Prince" Billy? You may know him better by his given name, Will Oldham, who recorded under his name as well as Palace Music throughout the 1990s. This is his third album under the Billy moniker, and features contributions from members of Lambchop.
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  1. 100
    In just over 35 minutes, the Bonnie Prince's mastery of form, blend of gentle awe and trembling sweetness are distilled to their essence. [Album of the Month, Feb 2003, p.74]
  2. It is perhaps Oldham’s best work yet, and somewhat ironically, his most accessible as well.
  3. If you can find 30 minutes in your day for a Friends rerun, surely you can carve out time to give this gentle sigh of a record the attention it deserves. [14 Feb 2003, p.73]
  4. 80
    It doesn't matter whether we're spying through his windows when he's so clearly spying through ours, his peculiarly stilted narratives and ageless music fusing into universal images of loneliness. [Feb 2003, p.94]
  5. His most poignant and accessible work to date. [Feb 2003, p.96]
  6. A good album that finds Oldham retreating from the layered solemnity of his most recent releases in favor of a mood that is as intimate and delicate as it is bittersweet and biting.
  7. Every knot has been planed away. It's hushed, wistful, 'cool,' acoustic, sweetly dolorous and subtly well crafted... and dull as corrective footnotes in a treatise on ditchwater. [#228, p.54]

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  1. AndeeG
    Mar 13, 2003
    10
    how ever, it is a really great album. great songs with a great voice!
  2. stompiedj
    Mar 10, 2003
    10
    perfect
  3. WaltM
    Aug 4, 2006
    10
    Will Oldham performs some of his most pastorally seductive songs sung with the utmost of poignant fragility. "Hard Life" has remained my current favorite song for some 2 years now. Short and bittersweet... Expand
  4. beng
    Apr 12, 2003
    10
    incredible. the most beautiful album i've ever heard, no questions asked.
  5. bretta
    Apr 21, 2005
    10
    Esential listening
  6. MathieuC
    May 12, 2006
    10
    Once Again, Pitchfork is incredibly wrong. This is a wonderful record, juste good songs, a warm sound, a touching voice and it's wonderfully recorded. You feel like your sitting next to Oldham singning you his song. One of the best disc in my collection. Collapse
  7. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 16, 2004
    6
    Gorgeous production, pretty songs, nothing new or interesting to anyone who isn't already a fan of Mr. Oldham's profilic, scattershot genius. He's written some brilliant songs in his career and all of them are on other albums. Nice, but fairly disposable. Expand

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