Joya (CD)


Will Oldham

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Amoeba Review

James Elliott 07/20/2009

Although Joya is the first release to be filed under Will Oldham’s given name, as opposed to one of the Palace moniker variations, there is no real stylistic shift in the music. Not that that’s a bad thing. What’s found on Joya is a typically peerless set of lightly skewed country folk and rock songs. Although slightly divisive in the sincerity category for some critics, Oldham is certainly his generation’s most clever and most poetic songwriter. His wordsmith skills are often darkly funny and jawdroppingly profound. And while Joya isn’t exactly flush with those moments, not in relation to Palace Brothers or the later I See A Darkness under Oldham’s Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy alias, the record does have its gems. Tracks like “O Let It Be” and “The Gator” shine with a loose good-times vibe that seems to permeate the whole of Joya. It’s beer drinking summer porch music. Maybe not Oldham’s most serious record, but who wants that all the time anyway?



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
O Let It Be
Will Oldham 03:43
2.
Antagonism
Will Oldham 05:18
3.
New Gypsy
Will Oldham 03:13
4.
Under What Was Oppression
Will Oldham 03:05
5.
The Gator
Will Oldham 02:26
6.
Open Your Heart
Will Oldham 03:27
7.
Rider
Will Oldham 01:31
8.
Be Still and Know God [Don't Be Shy]
Will Oldham 03:10
9.
Apocolypse, No!
Will Oldham 03:44
10.
I Am Still What I Meant to Be
Will Oldham 03:51
11.
Bolden Boke Boy
Will Oldham 03:48
12.
Idea and Deed
Will Oldham 03:12

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