Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bonnie "Prince" Billy- Beware

I haven't actually made it all the way through this album, but halfway through I'm liking it. If you haven't listened to his critically acclaimed previous album "Lie Down in the Light," that is required listening before this album. Will Oldham (the songwriter) has finally figured out how to balance the group background vocals, full orchestral arrangements, and squeaky lead vocals to make a cohesive sound. The folky tendencies of early albums are pretty much gone, and in its place is a more "adult contemporary" feel. I am reminded a bit of Jeremy Enigk's "World Waits" in that regard.

Overall though, definitely worth a listen. The lyrics are awesome and there's some really epic arrangements.

(Weird hosting site, but just click the little blue download link)

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