Songs Of Love And Horror 8/10
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.