BON­NIE “PRINCE” BILLY

Ask For­give­ness

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Domino It re­ally is the sea­son for cover ver­sion al­bums, with Will Old­ham join­ing Cat Power and Shelby Lynne in singing the songs of oth­ers. Old­ham is no stranger to the well-ex­e­cuted cover ver­sion (his take on Thun­der Road is peer­less) and the Ask For­give­ness mini- album, where he’s as­sisted by Meg Baird, Greg Weeks from Espers and cel­list Mag­gie Wienk, sees him ex­plor­ing the song­books of R Kelly, Danzig, Björk and Phil Ochs. Old­ham’s suc­cess with cov­ers comes from the em­pha­sis he finds in the lyrics and how he ac­cen­tu­ates th­ese strengths. On I’ve Seen It All, for ex­am­ple, he down­plays the over­wrought drama of Björk and Thom Yorke’s orig­i­nal in favour of a slow waltz around the song’s sen­ti­ments. Oth­ers might plump for a trip to nov­elty is­land when cov­er­ing Danzig (Am I De­mon) or R Kelly (The World’s Great­est), but Old­ham’s pref­er­ence for a dif­fer­ent and less ap­par­ent route al­ways pays div­i­dends. www.bonnieprincebilly. com Down­load tracks: I’ve Seen It All, The World’s Great­est

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