Bonnie Prince Billy
's prolific, unrelenting output sort of forces me to prolifically blog about him
-- he's one of the few present day artists whose work I always seek out, and consistantly his albums are nothing short of incredible...so here we are again.
This time, however, I had my doubts at first; now that I have had a few weeks to settle in with Bonnie Prince Billy, aka Will Oldham
's latest, Beware
, plus seen him perform material from it live, I am starting to get more and more into it. At first all the production work and the over the top backing vocals were getting in the way of
my enjoyment of the record, but now the goodness of the songs has seeped into my brain and I've noticed I have tracks from Beware
stuck in my head constantly, which is usually the most inescapable way of knowing when something is getting to me.
I think it's weird that the media is labeling this album "mature," and calling it his move toward a more "popular" sound...it's just plain wrong, really, because if anyone in the biz has just been doing exactly what he goddamn pleases, thank you very much, in his music for going on two decades, it's been Will Oldham
. The media onslaught he's brought upon us for this record is, I believe, him trying to help sell records for Drag City
's sake; it's not a ploy to catch the attention of the mainstream. Tha
t is something Oldham has never courted with any real commitment, or, in my opinion, any actual interest whatsoever. Oldham seems truly happy following his own muse, and I, for one, am continually ecstatic to listen to the result-- over the top backing vocals or not!