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    Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “Letting Go, The ” – [Drag City]

    Well this just feels like a comfortable shirt, you know one
    of your favorites, in a kind of happy disrepair. You like
    the way that cuff is frayed, and there’s plenty of memories
    and stains that won’t come out. For Will Oldham, being able
    to bring folks into the fold like Fable’d Dawn McCarthy and
    the mighty Jim White is just plain good casting. McCarthy’s
    voice is so lovely, and to my ears plays no fewer than three
    characters on this, including a whale on “God’s Small Song.”
    Oldham is in fine and varied throat here as well, his lyrics
    take a short-story writer’s eye to spot the details lying on
    the floor, draped over the radiator. People inside people,
    being saved by the one you were meant to rescue…and a
    whole lotta love, like early in the relationship, when you
    give her your old comfortable shirt to wear. This fits nice.
    With shadow echoes of the Brave and the Bold (“Cold & Wet”
    both lyrically namechecks and soundchecks it! In any other
    hands this would be warmed over Redbone.) Drag City oft
    releases some timeless gems, and this is another one; send
    it back in time to Southern California in the early ’70s.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 13, 2006 at 1:29 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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