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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY

Master and Everone

Drag City

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The fourth Bonnie 'Prince' Billy record in six years finds Will Oldham relaxing into a beautiful groove; similar to 2001's Ease Down the Road, Master and Everyone is quite melodic compared to his Palace or self-titled releases, with less of the dire apocalyptic imagery and more reflections from his literate, anti-romantic backwoodsman. Like most of Oldham's recordings, this one rewards close attention, which reveals recording ambience ranging from creaking wood to a soft patting on the floor (a foot keeping time), and, of course, Oldham's half-resigned, half-plaintive croon. Little gets in the way of these songs. Circular lines from an acoustic guitar demarcate the choruses, a cello adds a bit of emotional warmth to one song, and a few others have the wheezing keys of what sounds like a pump organ. Fortunately, the songs stand up to the examination. "The Way" ("Love me the way I love you") is very nearly sweet, stranded between desperation and hope. Elsewhere Oldham is a true fatalist, resigning himself to the inevitable power of love to ruin his life and using the creepiest of old-timey metaphors to get his point across._All Music Guide

ITEM DETAILS:
Artist: Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Title: Master and Everone
Label: Drag City
Cat #: DC233
Year: 2003
Format: Vinyl LP

TRACK LIST:

Way
Ain't You Wealthy, Ain't You Wise?
Master and Everyone
Wolf Among Wolves
Joy and Jubilee
Maundering
Lesson's from What's Poor
Even If Love
Three Questions
Hard Life


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