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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B001R3NI12
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beware Your Only Friend
2. You Can't Hurt Me Now
3. My Life's Work
4. Death Final
5. Heart's Arms
6. You Don't Love Me
7. You Are Lost
8. I Won't Ask Again
9. I Don't Belong to Anyone
10. There Is Something I Have To Say
11. I Am Goodbye
12. Without Work, You Have Nothing
13. Afraid Ain't Me

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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY Beware (2009 UK 13-track CD album - Bonnie Prince Billy presents his biggest and most ambitious new album. Bewares reach is longer and stronger more grandiose: Where fiddle and steel contribute their rustic timbre alongside guitars and voices a thickening thud of low tone rolls beneath giving the record a bottom thats fun to watch bounce in new clothes. Joining Billy deep in the mix of Beware the rollcall of top players includes the band [Josh Abrams Jennifer Hutt Emmett Kelly and Michael Zerang] and special guests [Dee Alexander Leroy Bach Jim Becker Robert Cruz DV DeVincentis Jon Langford Greg Leisez Rob Mazurek Nicole Mitchell and Azita Youseffi])

BBC Review

Following hard on the heels of 2008's Lie Down In The Light, Beware is Will Oldham's alter-ego Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's eighth solo album. It is - unsurprisingly - an organic work of great depth and texture. The melody and sense of acute longing that has infused Oldham's work since his earliest days with Palace is very much present and correct. Beware is an intimate album, full of strong emotion and underlying hope.

Oldham has been reported recently as being obsessed by late-period Elvis Presley. The King's spirit seems to drift across Beware. It is found in the depth and hopelessness of songs such as I Won't Ask Again or the drama and flurry of Heart's Arms.

Occasionally, Oldham's work can be somewhat remote; as he is playing a character, you feel sometimes as if you are there to admire his art rather than fully give yourself over to it. Well, Beware has added accessibility and warmth, given that is so frequently gloomy.

The swelling fiddles and female chorus of opener Beware Your Only Friend are complemented by its follow-up You Can't Hurt Me Now, which sounds as if it is an unearthed country standard, complete with gospel flourishes topped off with some Roxy-style sax. For contrast, You Don't Love Me is playful and tongue-in-cheek.

Beware is an ambitious record, with a list of special guests such as ex-Mekon Jon Langford and one time Wilco multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach supporting Oldham. It is also one of the first highlights of 2009. For those unsure of what genres such as alt.country or Americana entails, this is a marvellous place to start. --Daryl Easlea

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jp Scott-howes on 18 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I got 'I See a Darkness' a long, long time ago and loved it. A few months later I bought one of his more country efforts (no idea which album it was, but I was a slowly reforming metal head at the time and couldn't get my head around it at all) I forgot all about Will Oldham completely until I read glowing review after glowing review of 'Beware' and thought that I'd try again.

I absolutely hated it the first, second and third times. The fourth time was the charm for me. This is a wonderful record which, like all truly great albums, doesn't reveal it's most precious charms without several listens. A slow burning alt-country which is thoroughly majestic and yet feels blithely intimate at the same time, catchy after time.

'You Don't Love Me' is the bittersweet, foot stomping highlight which almost keeps the depth of it's pathos rather close to it's chest by using a catchy, mid tempo, quasi-bluegrass veneer as the smoke and mirrors which deflect the listener's attention from the detailed and brutal retelling of a love unrequited.

Utterly wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on 10 April 2009
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After seeing him play on the Culture Show on TV, this is the first Bonnie Prince Billy album that I have bought.
I cannot believe that I have not discovered him sooner.
This album is full of excellent, emotional songs that appear to be genuinely from the soul.
I would most definitely recommend this album to anyone.
Also, I will definitely be increasing my Bonnie Prince Billy cd collection very soon.
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By Gannon on 3 May 2009
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Will Oldham is a enviously consistent talent. His folky, acoustic, singer-songwriting skills are rarely surpassed, except by himself. Once more, on this his umpteenth album, he peddles a collection of extremely worthy, honest and true, Americana pleasers. Beware is more country than elsewhere in his catalogue, the pedal steel lament of 'You Can't Hurt Me Now' and bluegrass vocal of 'I Am Goodbye' are as country as he's ever been and they plod and nod beautifully. The latter seems to congruously borrow the Allman Brothers gently rocking electric guitar.

In general, the album is less sparse than most of his other work; album opener 'Beware Your Only Friend' has a backing choir, for example. Some fans may lament this direction but happily Oldham's skill as an artist does not allow for these distractions to become detractions. However, in being bigger, Beware loses some of the raw effect that 'I See A Darkness', for example, had. Nevertheless, this is a very pleasant listening experience, despite some tracks being a little longer than was strictly necessary.

'Heart's Arms', 'I Don't Belong To Anyone' and 'My Life's Work' are warmly familiar Calexico-type material. They're comfortable, but arguably too comfortable. Whilst wallpaper-music would be far too unfair a label, Beware has lost the power to move, and as such the listener is left only with awestruck appreciation. By his own standards Beware is merely a good album, by nearly anyone else's it's very good. Beware but thyself Mr Oldham, for thou art thine own worst enemy.
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