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- I See A Darkness by Bonnie Prince Billy
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 1st November 2014
Will Oldham’s 6th album is his first where he uses the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy moniker. Everything Will Oldham does well is on here. It’s sparse yet intense, strong yet fragile. “A Minor Place” opens the album and is one of two tracks that could be said to have any tempo, the other is “Madeleine Mary”. This album does everything at its own speed and it is right to do so. The two songs that give this album the overall feeling you’re left with are the title track and “Death To Everyone”. The former is the most beautiful an uplifting song about depression that you’ll ever hear. Its paranoid first line “Well You’re My Friend (That’s What You Told Me)” is countered by the hint of hope “And did you know how much I love you, is a hope that somehow you, you can save me from this darkness “. In The latter, Oldham finds some glee in the idea of the inevitable “Death to everyone is gonna come, it makes hosing much more fun”, but also that it should not stop life being lived, “So strap me on and raise me high, ‘cause buddy I'm not afraid to die, but life is long and it's tremendous, and we're glad that you're here with us, and since we know an end will come, it makes our living fun”. I think many people would dismiss this as depressing but I think it’s quite the opposite.
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