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5.0 out of 5 stars Immerse yourself in the light, 15 Dec 2008
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A. Sweeney "I don't care what you call me" (Brighton, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lie Down In The Light (Audio CD)
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's 'Lie Down In The Light' is an album to be treasured, an alt.country/folk gem to allow to slowly soak into your subconscious over a few listens, one which you don't quite realise you love until the full beauty of the recordings hit you, but once you hit that point of no return, it is difficult to stop listening to it. What's more, this is something that could only be described as quite a happy album, maybe something that most fans wouldn't expect of Will Oldham. Still, this album is still unmistakably Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and isn't too much of a departure to alienate long-time admirers of his music.

From start to finish, this album is a delight. The light, breezy opener, 'Easy Does It', sets the album's generally cheerful mood. The duets with Ashley Webber, especially 'So Everyone' and 'You Want That Picture', are just superb. The more melancholy songs, such as 'Missing One' and 'Willow Trees Bend' have such a delicate beauty, they counter the more upbeat songs to produce a wonderful blend of light and shade. No matter the theme or arrangement of the song, each track on 'Lie Down In The Light' contains a melodic appeal which should keep you coming back to this album time after time to immerse yourself in everything it still has yet to reveal. Just beautiful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Earthly Music, 2 Jun 2008
This review is from: Lie Down In The Light (Audio CD)
The opening chant of "One two three four" makes you think you have put on the Beatles' "Taxman" on by mistake but within seconds the unmistakeable stamp of Will Oldham, aka Bonnie Prince Billy, the King of alt country appears.

"Lie Down In the Light" is a more country-sounding recording than "The Letting Go" emphasised by the fact that instead of the distinctive, but very English folk sounding vocals of Dawn McCarthy, this time Oldham's female counterpart is Ashley Webber who has a great twang to her, best exemplified on her lines in "You Want the Picture" in which she asks plaintively "O you want that picture don't you daahlin'"

The sound is less spacious and epic than on "The Letting Go" but, equally, a much richer-sounding recording than a number of Prince Billy releases (with prominent percussion, fiddle to the fore and organ and pedal steel providing colour). One of the tracks features an almost central European-sounding clarinet while "Keep Eye On Other's Gain has an Eastern feel reminiscent of Beck or Iron and Wine's latest album.

Despite the interest of the instrumentation, the first thing which struck me was how some of Oldham's lyrics call to mind Philip Larkin's in tone with the sudden shift from description to observational conclusion. Witness the matter of fact chorus of "You Want The Picture": "And everything comes down to this/That everything there ever was or will be/is all there is", the music echoing this with its shift between sprightly verses and apocalyptic chorus with crashing chords.

"Lie Down In the Light" is no classic but "merely" a very strong album overall, less ambitious but more consistent than "The Letting Go" and although sometimes relatively low key, thankfully shorn of fillers. Furthermore, it boasts a few songs which rank very highly in Oldham's illustrious catalogue, most noticeably "You remind me" which features spell-binding vocal interplay between Oldham and Webber , "You Want the Picture" the beautiful "Missing One" and "The Puzzle" leaving one with, in the words of Oldham himself, "good earthly music singing into my head."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The master!, 3 Jun 2008
This review is from: Lie Down In The Light (Audio CD)
There really should be a national compulsory day-off for the whole nation when a Will Oldham record is released! Because they should be savoured, like a fine wine (which incidentally always goes well with an Uncle Will record)- hence the reason I buy them all on vinyl - a listening experience! He is the benchmark for all songwriters of our generation and he astounds with every record. And this one is a real grower, just like The Letting Go which crept up on you stealthily and threw you to the ground mercilessly and has never let go since! Long live the prince!
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5.0 out of 5 stars just cool, 31 Dec 2009
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A. CRAIG (sd) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lie Down in the Light (Audio CD)
gotta love this album 9/10
from start to finish there is hardly a song that goes awry.
it's a very folksy album, lot more twee than i had heard BPB before, but the songs are good.
I have to say that despite the tweeness, which isn't something i am a major fan of, lie down in the light is perhaps my favourite song from BPB full stop. the resignation in his voice is fantastic. The end track is very much like that too.
It's just a good collection of songs that doesn't feel the need to have a concept or break new ground. but it digs pretty deep.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yum, 17 April 2009
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One of BPB's beset albums; featuring a couple of absolute crackers - definitely not a regretted purchase.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do as the title says!, 22 May 2008
This review is from: Lie Down In The Light (Audio CD)
I have listened to this, Billy's latest LP offering a few times now, and believe me it's a grower. A collection of truly warm and uplifting songs, and in the style of 2006's The Letting Go, it sees him stray further and further away from his dark, eerie early 90s Palace output.

"So everyone", or at least a low quality demo version of it, was leaked weeks before the album was released, and to be honest didn't sound like it even had potential. After listeneing to it now however, in its fully fledged, polished, studio state, the track is in fact one of the album's standout tracks. Others include 'easy does it', a fantastic opener, 'for every field there is a mole', 'you want that picture' and the superb closing track 'I'll be glad'.

All in all, it is an album to be listened to in its entirety, and then listened to again and again. Definately a great soundtrack for summer 2008.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic, 23 May 2008
This review is from: Lie Down In The Light (Audio CD)
It took a few listens to really get into this album, it's a mixture of country & folk with Will Oldham superb but twisted vocals. The stand out track for me is "You remind me", excellent stuff.
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