Label: Drag City - none,Palace Records - none • Format: 18x, File MP3, Album 320kbps • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country Rock
Will Oldham is a superior songwriter and vocalist when he wants to be, but there's Bonnie Prince Billy* - Best Troubador enough of a willful persona to his work as Bonnie "Prince" Billy and within the Palace rubric that it's hard to tell when he's being serious and when he's pulling his audience's collective leg, even when his work is good.
One of the things that makes Best Troubador something truly special is that, more than nearly all of Oldham 's work to date, he's playing straight throughout, and ブランコ - Do As Infinity - Do The Box a good reason.
The misspelled but sincere honorific of the title refers to Merle Haggard ; according to the liner notes, this album was in the works before Hag 's death in Aprilbut when the great man passed, Oldham and his collaborators refashioned it into a tribute album devoted to songs Haggard wrote or sang. Most of the album was recorded and mixed live, with flute and sax added to the arrangements along with the more traditional guitars, fiddles, and banjos, and the overall effect is certainly idiosyncratic, as one might expect from Oldham ; this sounds like a slightly buzzed guitar pull as often as it sounds like a fully focused recording session.
But if the tone of these performances is laid-back, they're also sincere and committed, and as a vocalist BPB has rarely been better. As a songwriter, Oldham clearly appreciates the craft Bonnie Prince Billy* - Best Troubador Haggard 's songwriting, as well as the honest emotional pull of these tunes, and he sings them with a genuine measure of respect and love.
And the grainy drawl of Oldham 's voice was made to order for these stories of the ups and downs of life and love, and it's all but impossible not to be moved by this craggy sincerity Bonnie Prince Billy* - Best Troubador the genuine soul of this music. There are more deep cuts than familiar hits on Best Troubadorbut that's another part of what makes this album so pleasurable; this is a deep dive into Haggard 's body of work as seen through the eyes of Bonnie "Prince" Billyand Oldham and his crew deliver plenty of reminders why Hag was one of the greatest songwriters of his generation.
Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing. The Fugitive. Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Chuck Howard. The Day the Rains Came. Merle Haggard. My Old Pal. Roses in the Winter. Some of Us Fly. Wouldn't That Be Something.
Freddy Powers. That's the Way Love Goes. Nobody's Darling. Jimmie Davis. What I Hate [Excerpt]. I Am What I Am. If I Could Only Fly. Blaze Foley. Leonard Merle Haggard. Nobody's Darling Jimmie Davis.
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