The Letting Go - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
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  • Summary: Jim White and Paul Oldham are among the guests on prolific songwriter Will Oldham's latest Bonnie "Prince" Billy studio recording.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The pull of European cool against Oldham's usual rustic, heartfelt love poetry creates moments of sweet tension.
  2. The effect is soothing, though it crosses the line into uncharacteristic blandness at times. [22 Sep 2006, p.94]
  3. The lineup addition of [singer Dawn] McCarthy proves to be a genius move; her vocals blend beautifully with Oldham's, and her soaring solo flights make a great recording exceptional.
  4. [An] understated but epic album.
  5. Arguably up there with his greatest achievements to date, "The Letting Go" is business as usual for Oldham, but also a brand new start.
  6. This promising notion of marrying the overly pensive, doomed-romantic Billy persona with orchestral-sized studio ambitions is a wash, the cumulative effect being undeniably gorgeous, in a rainy-day internalized apocalypse kind of way.
  7. It does contain some beautiful songs. Its deficiencies won’t miff his indulgent cult (at least not any more than they’ve been miffed previously). But it doesn’t quite hold together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    7
    Bonnie "Prince" Billy (Will Oldham) isn't for everybody. But I think anyone can like at least something by him. "Lay & Love" and "Strange Form of Life" are highlights for me. A very quiet album. Expand

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