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starts with potential but just drifts and loses tension...
on 21 April 2006
Will Oldham aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is one if the most inspired, inspirational and forward thinking artists in contemporary music. But this album of covers - a collaboration with Tortoise - is the fourth consecutive non-proper release from Oldham who is struggling to match or even follow up the phenomenal 'Mater and Everyone' (from 2003). For 'The Brave and the Bold' - Oldham takes a back seat musically and leaves the playing to Tortoise.
This album sounds like it was recorded in super quick time - the arrangements plodding along and lacking the twists and turns inherent in Oldham music. 'Daniel' starts with potential, but just drifts and loses tension. Much of the album is like this. 'Thunder road' is the exception.
Will Oldham is clearly at a cross-roads - the new proper Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album, recorded in Iceland in late 2005 is due late this year. As a massive fan, I can only hope with anticipation he has regained form.