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4.9 out of 5 stars
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Master And Everyone
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on 19 January 2018
Great album
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on 10 September 2017
Very good quality
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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 8 December 2012
This album has really gotten under my skin, from receving it hardly a day has gone by that i have not listened to it at least once.
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on 25 May 2013
This is distilled brilliance. You will ache with its loveliness. Nothing is wasted. Reminds me of reading James Salter in that sense.
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on 9 January 2013
I was familiar with this cd before I bought it. So no surprises! It is a really lovely cd. Will buy others of his.
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on 25 May 2007
Writing in his Bonnie Prince Billy guise, Will Oldham's `Master and Everyone' is an album of 10 songs, just over 34 minutes long, but is an object lesson in how less is more.

The songs feature minimal accompaniment to Oldham's own voice and acoustic guitar in the shape of occasional female backing vocals and mellow guitars and strings. All that there really is to concentrate on is the quality of the writing, but what high quality it is.

There are no bad tracks here: each song shines with lyrical maturity and melodic beauty far beyond most of Oldham's peers. It is hard to pick out highlights, but the first five and the final track are truly outstanding. `Master and Everyone' seems so simple; Oldham makes it look so easy which is always the sign of talent at work.

The music here is so mellow, melodic and soothing it is like balm to the ears but there is depth and emotional resonance to the lyrics. To pigeonhole it as alt.country is a shame because such labeling might deny the work a wider audience. To sum up, this is one of the best singer-songwriter albums I have ever heard and is highly recommended.
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on 3 February 2013
At the time of writing, this album has 17 reviews, only one of which falls short of the full five stars. Shame on you, but you are forgiven! Albums like this are exceptional. They make reviewing them extremely difficult. How do you review something, the quality of which, you have never heard before? Listening to the first track, "The Way", leaves you floundering. When did you last hear anything so beautiful? And then the rest of the album plays..!!! You know the man has written some weird stuff in his time, and will, in time , write more of the same. And it's all wonderful! This is like an unbroken pond surface, on the verge of being invaded by mayfly! As they say in Scotland, "Gaun yersel!!". To respond to reviewers, assuming they are all French speakers,..... Vous avez raison!
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on 1 February 2003
I recently pulled out my old copy of "There's No One What Will Take Care of You" and gave it a listen. That album is still outstanding but what's truly incredible is how much Will Oldham has evolved over just the last eight or nine years. Ever since first taking on the Bonnie Prince title a few years back he has reached a new plateau in his song writing. Where "I See A Darkness" was bleak and frightened and "Ease Down The Road" was drunken and melancholic, "Master and Everyone" is much more subtle album. It is more endearing than "Ease Down The Road" and at the same time more devestating than "I See A Darkness." It is a collection of some of the most resonant and profound songs I have heard in the last... well, ever. The writing and presentation work hand in hand to bring out the emotions this album inspires. At once a work of great beauty and great sadness, I can say without reservation that this album is my favorite of all Oldham's releases, and I've heard almost every last thing he's done. Only a talent like Oldham could make a line like "It's a hard life for a man with no wife" ring with deep resonancy and continue to haunt with a transcendant melancholy. Have you figured it out yet? This album is spectacular.
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on 21 May 2003
Will Oldham is a cult figure; his legions of devoted fans would even say he’s a genius. Under his different monikers he has produced some incredibly good albums, The Palace Brothers “Viva Last Blues” and “There’s No-One What Will Take Care Of You” were as oddball and eccentric as anything around at the time and it’s a marvel that he was lumped in with the alt-country genre. That said, his music does share some of the subtle emotional heartbreak and Americana that is a requirement for the style, the difference is the manner in which he pulls it off.
He has played many characters in his time; the pensive, resentment and gloom of “I See A Darkness”, the drunken, maudlin warbling of “Ease Down The Road” and now the subtle, heartbroken misogyny of “Master and Everyone”. This may not sound like the most pleasant of themes for any album but the sheer beauty with which he carries it off is really special. Quiet, calm, peaceful and glacially distressing it is one of his finest works to date.
Each song is the equal of the next – starting with the Nick Drake-esque “The Way”, as simple as a song could get with as much emotional punch as anything you’ve ever heard. Quite fantastic. We move on and find “Ain’t You Wealthy, Ain’t You Wise”, a duet with the honey-throated Marty Slayton, which confirms that the vocals recorded on this album are as strong as anything he has ever put on record. The title track is barren and pale but there is still meaning to be found in its detail of post break up resolutions.
The entire album is dotted with songs that range from extremely good to exceptional. The duets serve their role perfectly with “Maundering” recounting the biblical themes that Oldham has espoused throughout his career and Slayton’s voice seeming to be the thing for which he is driving himself to, some hope amidst the understated gloom. “Hard Life”, easily the most joyous track on the album, also benefits from this unlikely vocal combination. However, the real highlight of the album is “Wolf Among Wolves” in which the conflict of love and religion, infidelity and indifference that Oldham is intending to depict in the album really comes to the fore.
Some have criticised the album for its bleak serenity, being too pale to have an emotional impact. However, anyone who listens closely to the album will find an incredibly gorgeous, rewarding record that never quite answers the questions that Oldham poses to himself but has a lot of fun deliberating. His best work since “I See A Darkness” having the highest praise of being an album which almost matches that in its scope and vision. Quite fantastic.
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