Bonnie Prince Billy / Greatest Palace Music
Album: Greatest Palace Music   Collection:General
Artist:Bonnie Prince Billy   Added:Apr 2004
Label:Palace Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-06-14 Pull Date: 2004-08-16
Week Ending: Aug 1 Jul 25 Jul 18 Jul 11 Jul 4 Jun 27 Jun 20
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 2 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 18, 2023: Hanging In The Boneyard
New Partner
4. Oct 06, 2012: Midnight Radio II
2. Dec 03, 2022: Hanging In The Boneyard
5. Apr 23, 2010: Buford J. Sharkley's Maritime Escapades
Ohio River Boat Song
3. Feb 16, 2013: Music Casserole
6. Feb 05, 2010: The Courtesy Flush
Ohio River Boat Song

Album Review
Eric K!
Reviewed 2004-06-14
Fun and odd! Will Oldham revisits his Palace Music songs with Nashville session musicians with great, if bizarre results. I really don't know enough about Oldham to tell if this is a joke, but I enjoyed it. Songs that were previously spare now sound very full with fiddle, pedal steel, and lots of backing vocals. Also, Oldham's voice (really the reason why I haven't been able to enjoy his music for so long) is much more conventional on this album. Still, this isn't typical new country. Beneath the shiny surfaces, I hear a lot of unnerving tension and desperation.

Now, I'm pretty ignorant of Nashville country music, but I hear a lot more '60's Memphis than country music in the arrangements. It may be that everything coming out of Nashville sounds like this, but I hear more Stax than Grand Ole Opry.

Stand-out tracks: 2, 1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15

1. ballad, moving, sweet, but tense. lots of strings. very '70's

2. bouncey, funny twangy pop tune. female backing vocals.

3. piano-driven R&B ballad, spooky pedal steel

4. very tense desperate piano-driven ballad

5. soulful ballad, piano with female backing vocals, haunting

6. goofy, willfully stupid bounce

7. dark spaghetti western ballad

8. okay, maybe this sounds like a typical country ballad, but very sweet

9. country-soul, wobbly, unnerving, fiddle and female vocals

10. preaching the word with a gospel choir

11. Sally Timms & Jon Langford cover. Kinda spoken-song, with oddly bouncey instrumentation

12. haunting, spare, dark groove, American Anthology of Folk Music territory

13. layered vocals, sweet pedal steel, disorientating

14. unbearably tense vocals and fiddle.

15. jokey Western swing, "I am a Cinematographer"

Track Listing
1. New Partner   8. Agnes, Queen of Sorrow
2. Ohio River Boat Song   9. Viva Ultra
3. Gulf Shores   10. Pushkin
4. You Will Miss Me When I Burn   11. Horses
5. The Brute Choir   12. Riding
6. I Send My Love to You   13. West Palm Beach
7. More Brother Rides   14. No More Workhorse Blues
  15. I Am Cinematographer