Wolfroy Goes To Town - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jan 18, 2012
    80
    A confounding and bewitching set of songs that feels gloriously out of time. [Dec 2011, p.100]
  2. Dec 21, 2011
    80
    Oldham has been so far ahead of the folksy Americana pack for so long that it now sounds like he's even caught up with himself. [Jan. 2012 p. 119]
  3. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    Will Oldham's still got it.
  4. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    Wolfroy Goes to Town haunts you quietly, in a private way that is, somehow, all the more devastating.
  5. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    Wolfroy is a stunning work of gospel strength, delicate folk, and evocative bliss that finds Oldham at his very best. [Oct 2011, p.96]
  6. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    [A] sober, smart and his finest record since 1999's I See a Darkness.
  7. 80
    The entire thing is an absolute, unerring joy.
  8. Oct 31, 2011
    80
    Those who like their Will Oldham albums straight-up, sparse and intimate will find Wolfroy--the Kentucky singer-songwriter's 16th-odd album--right up their street.
  9. Oct 27, 2011
    80
    With Oldham's melancholy vocal occasionally cast against the sweetly anguished Angel Olsen, the songs ponder God and humanity with religiously quiet intensity
  10. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    An LP that's uncharacteristically respectful of the traditional country and hushed folk idioms that make it up. [Nov 2011, p.81]
  11. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    It's an album of striking and stark beauty, with finely crafted songs that feel stripped to their bare essentials, and just allowed to be what they are, unadorned.
  12. Oct 12, 2011
    78
    That sense of connectedness lends these songs a reassuring familiarity, as though they were new corners of a strange world whose boundaries grow larger and whose scenery grows more inviting with every Oldham release.
  13. Nov 15, 2011
    75
    Wolfroy goes to Town is a meditative and sparse collection, and much of it continues the same train thought at work in the "There is no God" b/w "God is Love" single. [#82, p. 52]
  14. 75
    He's sticking to what he does best. [7 Oct 2011, p.75]
  15. Jan 18, 2012
    70
    Wolfroy... is all about lonesome beauty, and the idiosyncratic wordplay that has become Oldham's forte.
  16. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    Bonnie Prince Billy shows no sign of slowing down his slowness, despite, or perhaps because of, the misery. [Nov 2011, p.56]
  17. Nov 29, 2011
    70
    Wolfroy is certainly not the best Bonnie "Prince" Billy album, but it provides an interesting integration of his latest endeavors, which have gained him new territory beyond introspective indie folk freak status, with his earliest attempts that so clearly defined his voice.
  18. Oct 17, 2011
    70
    Definitely for the faint-hearted.
  19. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    More than the last few albums, Wolfroy rewards this kind of close relationship between listener and performer.
  20. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    The result makes for a listening experience that's intense and potentially awkward, but one that also somehow rings true.
  21. Oct 4, 2011
    67
    With a blend of creeping melancholy ("There Will Be Spring") and relaxed beats ("Quail And Dumplings"), Wolfroy is emotionally stirring and softly jaunty.
  22. 60
    The stark landscape of Will Oldham's album is the musical equivalent of King Lear's blasted health.
  23. Oct 4, 2011
    60
    His supporting cast has stabilized around multi-instrumentalists Emmett Kelly and Shahzad Ismaily, but song structures dissolve altogether on Wolfroy Goes to Town.
  24. Its biggest problem is that, from start of finish, it feels strangely reserved.

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