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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Beware (Domino)

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

It’s the 10th anniversary of the first time mercurial songwriter and artist Will Oldham adopted the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy moniker on the sublime ‘I See A Darkness’. Oldham marks an industrious decade as the ‘Prince’ with ‘Beware’, an expansive and ambitious journey into the fractious nature of human connection and relationships that marks Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billys 7th full length outing.

Following on from 2008s ‘Lie down In The Light’, which saw a marked increase of frivolity and knowing glances amongst the requisite brow furrowing gloom, ‘Beware’ finds Oldham retaining the infectious elements and expanding them into a collection of seductive riffs on the mysteries of love and lust. There is humour filling the gaping gaps between the lines here and it is pitch black and thick as tar. ‘You don’t love me, and that’s alright. As you cling to me all through the night.’ He chants on ‘You Don’t Love Me’, and you can almost see him winking over his lovers shoulder as you gaze down on this bedroom scene.

‘Beware’ treads a line between old time trail style country laments, Cave-esque ballards and Pogues style knees ups. It’s contagious wanderlust that shimmers under a clear sky far from major conurbations. Doubt never sounded so inviting.


Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 3:57 am

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