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  • Summary: The 11th full-length release from Will Oldham contains reworked versions of songs from 2011's Wolfroy Goes to Town.
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  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. Sep 30, 2014
    81
    If the album does anything right (and it does a lot right), it is capturing the contradicting emotions of a life and trying to reconcile them, so that the listener doesn’t have to do the same.
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    80
    Singer’s Grave works as a great record in its own right and--perhaps surprisingly, considering its gestation--could be the best starting point for those yet to explore his work.
  3. Magnet
    Nov 12, 2014
    80
    It's yet another excellent Oldham album. [No. 115, p.54]
  4. 75
    It’s much easier to think of Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues as Oldham highlighting the many facets of his songs, breathing new life into them and showing his versatility, rather than purely recycling them.
  5. Uncut
    Dec 23, 2014
    70
    Mark Nevers, on production, ensures Singer's grave is the lushest Oldham LP since Beware, and "So Far And Here We Are" is a stinging all-new effort. Motives, though, remain even less clear than usual. [Nov 2014, p.71]
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    70
    Oldham’s intentions behind re-recording these relatively recent songs are puzzling, but the curious nature of the album is just another chapter of the mysterious, and in this case highly enjoyable saga of Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
  7. The Wire
    Dec 15, 2014
    50
    Singer's Grave feels like an exercise, something which never be said for the work released under the Palace banner in the 1990s. [Nov 2014, p.72]

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