Songs Of Love And Hor­ror 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - ALAsTAiR McKAY

in­ti­mate songs of Bon­nie Prince Billy, rein­vented

Re­leased to co­in­cide with a book of Old­ham’s lyrics, this stripped-down set from the Palace/ Bon­nie song­book is a re­minder of what a great singer Old­ham has be­come. Hear­ing his songs ren­dered with just a voice and gen­tly-strummed gui­tar also helps place him as a mon­grel folk singer, ca­pa­ble of squeez­ing mo­ments of in­ti­mate vul­ner­a­bil­ity from his warped ap­proach to tra­di­tion. Old­ham’s best song, “I See A Dark­ness”, is wist­fully ren­dered, los­ing some of its de­spair, but the a cap­pella ver­sion of Richard and Linda Thomp­son’s “Strange Af­fair” is as ten­der as it is gor­geous.

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