Regardless of the name he used to release his music or the musicians supporting him, Oldham's style remained largely the same, pitting shambling and often sparse music against his creaky, world-weary voice and literate lyrics. By 's Viva Last Blues he was beginning to work as Palace Music, a name that stuck until 's Joya, which Oldham released under his own name. Master and Everyone appeared two years later.
In came the release of a rather surprising project for Oldham -- Bonnie "Prince" Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music, in which his usual collaborators were joined by a band of Nashville session musicians for a set of polished re-recordings of songs from his back catalog.
Oldham's next project found him collaborating with guitarist Matt Sweeney who had previously worked with Chavez and Zwan, as well as playing banjo on Ease Down the Road for the evocative January release Superwolf. Reflective, bittersweet, and achingly melodic, it was praised as one of the year's first truly strong albums. Oldham and Sweeney followed up Superwolf that July with an extended single, I Gave You, featuring two non-album tracks. Sweeney was also on hand for the live album Summer in the Southeast, issued by Sea Note in November Oldham and Sweeney were joined by a full band for the shows.
Oldham was especially prolific in , beginning the year with the live album Wilding in the West, an Australia-only release recorded in California during his tour. That spring, Oldham returned with Lie Down in the Light, one of his more polished efforts, which he followed that fall with Is it the Sea?
Just a few months later in spring , Beware, an ambitious effort featuring contributions from Rob Mazurek, Azita Youseffi, and the Mekons' Jon Langford, arrived, and yet another live effort, Funtown Comedown, appeared before the year was up. His next project involved the Cairo Gang, loosely a solo project for guitarist Emmett Kelly who had often played with Oldham. The co-billing produced a record in early entitled The Wonder Show of the World, followed by the similarly themed Wolfroy Goes to Town in That same year he self-released an unannounced self-titled album on his Palace records imprint.
Oldham took the grassroots approach on the album very seriously, going as far as hand-delivering copies to record stores as a means of distribution. Though Oldham had been constantly prolific, the album was his first substantially distributed original material since 's Wolfroy Goes to Town, though much of the album reworked songs from that era with different arrangements.
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No Replies Log in to reply. There was an error. Track Listing. Beware Your Only Friend. Bonnie "Prince" Billy. You Can't Hurt Me Now. My Life's Work. Death Final. Heart's Arms. The music returns to a slow country feel, easy melody, softer, with violin. The title conjures up a simple philosophical question: Is death the end? Yes we do. Much loved number. What was bound to happen? Getting lost?
Is he singing to himself here? Or deliberately? That no matter how much unraveling of your mind that you participate in, you still have to drag this hefty thing called a body around? The pace is slow, the feel, soul country pop. The arrangement is much smoother than some of the songs on side one, yet it still falls and swells and rises and drops, just without the agitation.
Accordion, chiming guitar, pedal steel. Jennifer Butt sings back up.Bonnie Prince Billy è ormai una vera istituzione del nuovo cantautorato americano, artista molto (troppo?) prolifico che magari spesso si ripete ma che non delude mai. Come in questo caso. "Beware" è del ed è un sentito omaggio alla tradizione country folk americana/5(11).