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4. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf



I always like Will Oldham better in theory than in practice, connecting to several tracks but not his records in their entirity, until his recent "Master and Everyone", which I consider his finest work to date. Previously, I suppose I'd found his arrangements and production so stubbornly sparse and antagonist as to almost keep the listener at an emotional distance. However, "Master and Everyone " was every so slightly warmer, and that was all I needed to really be affected by an entire Oldham album. Superwolf, his collaboration with Mr. Sweeney sees him returning to the darker sound of earlier albums such "I See A Darkness" and "Ease on Down the Road", an interesting twist is the presence of Sweeney who provides the occasional hard guitar. Overall I'd say the album finds a focus and streamlined Oldham venturing into darker more dramatic territory than "Master", but w/ out the detours in indulgence that can found on some of his albums. As I decided to be particularly (and probably unnecessarily) verbose in describing my feelings for this album, it's a good thing that everyone else decided to be relatively brief in their appraisals. Marc simply says, "good stuff" (Marc has also be heard to say this regarding a particularly generously packed bowl, but that's neither here nor there). Aaron offers this assessment "good but not great" (I think several girlfriends had similar things to say about Mr. Katz). Keegan hasn't heard the album but doesn't hesitate to refer Mr. Oldham as "a pimp" (I couldn't agree more). Despite (I believe) having not heard one track from this album, Chad seems to possess a great of vitriol towards it angerly castigating with the bluster of a Fox New commentator, "Fuck Bonnie Prince Billy, Fuck Pitchfork, and Fuck You". I'm not entirely sure who the 'you' is intended for, but it seems unlikely Chad will be listening to this album any time soon. However if you want to click below to hear "My Home Is the Sea", then feel free.

listen to my home is the sea
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6:36 PM

I like this album, but all that i really do with it is tune it up and then quit listening to it so i can listen to Master and Everyone or Darkness.    



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