Wolfroy Goes To Town


Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Jan 18, 2012
    Wolfroy... is all about lonesome beauty, and the idiosyncratic wordplay that has become Oldham's forte.
  2. Nov 29, 2011
    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.
  3. Oct 12, 2011
    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.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2011
    An LP that's uncharacteristically respectful of the traditional country and hushed folk idioms that make it up. [Nov 2011, p.81]
  5. Q Magazine
    Dec 21, 2011
    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]
  6. Mojo
    Jan 18, 2012
    A confounding and bewitching set of songs that feels gloriously out of time. [Dec 2011, p.100]
  7. Nov 28, 2011
    Will Oldham's still got it.
  8. Under The Radar
    Nov 3, 2011
    Wolfroy is a stunning work of gospel strength, delicate folk, and evocative bliss that finds Oldham at his very best. [Oct 2011, p.96]
  9. 80
    The entire thing is an absolute, unerring joy.
  10. Oct 27, 2011
    With Oldham's melancholy vocal occasionally cast against the sweetly anguished Angel Olsen, the songs ponder God and humanity with religiously quiet intensity
  11. Oct 4, 2011
    With a blend of creeping melancholy ("There Will Be Spring") and relaxed beats ("Quail And Dumplings"), Wolfroy is emotionally stirring and softly jaunty.
  12. Oct 4, 2011
    His supporting cast has stabilized around multi-instrumentalists Emmett Kelly and Shahzad Ismaily, but song structures dissolve altogether on Wolfroy Goes to Town.
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    Oct 6, 2011
    He's sticking to what he does best. [7 Oct 2011, p.75]
  14. Oct 6, 2011
    The result makes for a listening experience that's intense and potentially awkward, but one that also somehow rings true.
  15. Magnet
    Nov 15, 2011
    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]
  16. Oct 12, 2011
    More than the last few albums, Wolfroy rewards this kind of close relationship between listener and performer.
  17. Oct 10, 2011
    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.
  18. Oct 17, 2011
    Definitely for the faint-hearted.
  19. Nov 3, 2011
    [A] sober, smart and his finest record since 1999's I See a Darkness.
  20. Oct 31, 2011
    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.
  21. The Wire
    Dec 6, 2011
    Bonnie Prince Billy shows no sign of slowing down his slowness, despite, or perhaps because of, the misery. [Nov 2011, p.56]
  22. 60
    The stark landscape of Will Oldham's album is the musical equivalent of King Lear's blasted health.
  23. Nov 14, 2011
    Wolfroy Goes to Town haunts you quietly, in a private way that is, somehow, all the more devastating.
  24. Its biggest problem is that, from start of finish, it feels strangely reserved.

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