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on 5 October 2004
In my mind I see Ease down the road as the greatest album of the twenty first yet. A work of chilling lyrical genius sung by the best voice(s) in todays music world. The album never misses a beat, it's dark, crooning, joyus and uplifting at the same time as it carelessly swings from tune to tune. From the swaggering majesty of A king at night to the darkly driven Grand dark feeling of emptiness this album just keeps on delivering. Some of the most lazy and wonderful harmonies appear backed by the full band, but they easily drift away to songs such as Carless love were Will Oldham literally hypnotises you with his voice alone. A true work of genius on par with anything he's done before. Perhaps the most instantly accsesible of his albums it's a great starting point for people new to the world of Will Oldham.
This Album I recomend to anyone with ears.
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on 18 March 2001
Will Oldham is a strange bloke to say the least. In this album, where there's love all he can see is depravity. Oddly, these are the bits he seems to like most of all. The songs are beautifully crafted, but like 'Break of Day' there is a sick pleasure lying underneath. He has a unique slant on love, and darkness is his forte. It's incredibly powerful and eerie, in stark contrast to the sweet music he makes. 'Careless Love' is as rich as anything by Chris Issak, it just happens to have been made by, quite possibly, his evil twin. Oldham has always had a knack of crafting simple tunes intertwined with wonderfully dark lyrics. This truly is his darkest hour, and it's all the better for it.
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on 11 October 2009
I am not sure if this would suit the casual listener; perhaps sounding downbeat or pedestrian if approached casually, but definitely rewards patience or those familiar with his oeuvre. Parallels, in an Appalachian style, a lot of English folk in my opinion. I'll never get bored of this one.
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on 3 May 2009
Ease Down The Road is an absolute must buy cd.
Will Oldham always speaks from the heart and each song delivers heart felt lyrics.
All of the songs on this cd are superb.
I like to listen to this (and all of the other BPB cd's that I own)late at night with the lights down low, glass of wine in hand.
Excellent and highly recommended.
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on 16 March 2014
Love vinyl and this is an excellent addition to my collection will keep looking for more new records as you are quite cheap
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on 16 March 2001
Will Oldham adopts perhaps his most accessible persona yet with this material, but look closer and beneath the welcoming smile tends to be a verbal switchblade. Having adopted so many monikers and disguises (indeed even his current name can be seen as referencing the fugitive nature of both Bonnie Prince Charlie & Billy The Kid/ William Bonney, rather than the more benevolent nod to Nat 'King' Cole) Oldham seems proudest of his latest endeavour.
In terms of contemporaries "Ease Down The Road"s obvious reference point is to the works of Nick Cave, indeed Johnny Cash covered Cave's chilling "The Mercy Seat" as well as Bonnie "Prince" Billy's "I See a Darkness" on last year's "Solitary Man III". Oldham inhabits the same milieu of the Southern Gothic tradition, heavily informed by the Old Testament. Here the battle between love & hate is joined in the style favoured by "The Night Of The Hunter".
These are tales redolent of an older more primal America, far removed from the homogenized culture of Starbucks, Oldham uses a curiously formal style of language eschewing modern colloquialisms & delighting in the arcane.
These songs are suffused with sensuality, full of illicit passion & longing. Even a song as majestically beautiful as "After I Made Love to You" is really a paean to the joys of adulterous coupling. It is this piece which is the zenith of "Ease Down The Road" where the duet with Freakwater's Catherine Irwin hints at transcendence and provides a sublime experience. The rest of the record proves a disappointment in comparison to these stellar heights, but for "After I Made Love to You" alone this is music worth investigating.
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on 14 June 2001
The cleaver lyrics make the albumn - all about real life and love. You won't be disappointed, and the envy of your friends for having something different
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