Summer In The Southeast - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
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  • Summary: This 17-song set was recorded during Will Oldham's 2004 tour.
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  1. Feels like an honest treat for longtime fans.
  2. 80
    It's a majestic transformation. [Dec 2005, p.102]
  3. 80
    Finds an uncommonly energised Oldham ranging across his capacious back catalogue, his palpable enthusiasm manifesting in unlikely between-song whoops of joy. [Dec 2005, p.116]
  4. Summer succeeds largely because it forces Oldham’s songs into unfamiliar positions.
  5. Just sloppy enough to make the magic seem magical--when they don't simply sound sloppy. [18 Nov 2005, p.135]
  6. The album captures an anger and regret intense enough to nearly bruise listeners and attendees, but also manages to preserve the pristine trembles in Oldham's throat.
  7. Instead of amplifying and strengthening the already delicate structure of his songs, Oldham and company strangely strip the songs of any emotion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. BlowMe
    Dec 12, 2005
    Great live cd. More rockin than most of Oldham's stuff, it is a great introduction of his work to newcomers.
  2. GoranZ
    Feb 20, 2006
    Very different from his ordinary albums... much more relaxed... brings out the laid back side of his persoanlity.. making most of the songs much brighter sounding. However still keeps few essentialls dark as they should be, namely Wolf Among Wolves and I see a Darkness. Madeleine Mary is a wonderful as last sons on the album... leaving you wanting more. Collapse
  3. kyoko
    Dec 20, 2005
    As a big fan of BPB, I was dissapointed upon listening to this album. I have seen seen him live three times, last time at McCabe's in Santa Monica touring Superwolf- what a wonderful show...Will is quiet a prolific artist, Summer in the Southeast sound like a parody of his work- a deconstruction of the beauty and simplicity he seeks to create in his albums. Summer in the Southeast sounds more like a drunken time with pals, which is fun but certainly not his best or even a 10! Expand