Friday, August 29, 2008

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Strange form of life

'Strange Form of Life' was without a doubt my favourite track from last year's stunning 'The Letting Go' album, and shows Will Oldham at his emotional best. Singing side-by-side Faun Fables lady Dawn McCarthy Oldham sounds perfectly at ease, and the track is a lazy paean to love and sunnier times. The B-side tracks are fairly lo-fi recordings (compared with the high budget recording of the album) and these show Oldham at his intimate best. Closing on 'The Seedling' we find Oldham in pure 70s folk-rock mode, warbling triumphantly over simply picked acoustic guitar. This is truly a fantastic package, and re-affirms the reason for buying cd singles - it's nice to see someone doing it right!


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