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Bonnie Prince Billy / Greatest Palace Music
Album:Greatest Palace Music Collection:General
Artist:Bonnie Prince Billy Added:04/2004
Label:Palace Records 

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Add Date:2004-06-14 Pull Date:2004-08-16 
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Album Review
Eric K!
Reviewed 2004-06-14 
Fun and odd! Will Oldham revisits his Palace Music songs with Nashville session musicians with great, if bizarre results. I really don't know enough about Oldham to tell if this is a joke, but I enjoyed it. Songs that were previously spare now sound very full with fiddle, pedal steel, and lots of backing vocals. Also, Oldham's voice (really the reason why I haven't been able to enjoy his music for so long) is much more conventional on this album. Still, this isn't typical new country. Beneath the shiny surfaces, I hear a lot of unnerving tension and desperation.

Now, I'm pretty ignorant of Nashville country music, but I hear a lot more '60's Memphis than country music in the arrangements. It may be that everything coming out of Nashville sounds like this, but I hear more Stax than Grand Ole Opry.

Stand-out tracks: 2, 1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15

1. ballad, moving, sweet, but tense. lots of strings. very '70's

2. bouncey, funny twangy pop tune. female backing vocals.

3. piano-driven R&B ballad, spooky pedal steel

4. very tense desperate piano-driven ballad

5. soulful ballad, piano with female backing vocals, haunting

6. goofy, willfully stupid bounce

7. dark spaghetti western ballad

8. okay, maybe this sounds like a typical country ballad, but very sweet

9. country-soul, wobbly, unnerving, fiddle and female vocals

10. preaching the word with a gospel choir

11. Sally Timms & Jon Langford cover. Kinda spoken-song, with oddly bouncey instrumentation

12. haunting, spare, dark groove, American Anthology of Folk Music territory

13. layered vocals, sweet pedal steel, disorientating

14. unbearably tense vocals and fiddle.

15. jokey Western swing, "I am a Cinematographer"


Track Listing
1.New Partner 8.Agnes, Queen of Sorrow
2.Ohio River Boat Song 9.Viva Ultra
3.Gulf Shores 10.Pushkin
4.You Will Miss Me When I Burn 11.Horses
5.The Brute Choir 12.Riding
6.I Send My Love to You 13.West Palm Beach
7.More Brother Rides 14.No More Workhorse Blues
 15.I Am Cinematographer