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One shouldn't, however, expect this to be a gloriously gloomy outbuilding attached to the last two great Bonnie 'Prince' albums. This is an altogether more conventional neo-folk rock affair, where the fuller arrangements fill in the gaps that made 'Ease Down The Road' such a joyous, lo-country experience. Bill Withers' 'Same Love That Made Me Laugh' is blessed with an almost comical sheen by Oldham's inability to reach the high notes, and his re-reading of PJ Harvey's 'Sweeter Than Anything' confirms what we knew all along: that, next to confident female company, men really are the weaker sex. That old faux-defeatist magic of his shines through on the likes of 'Just To See You Smile' but, self-gratification aside, he really didn't need to do this. The Will Oldham we know and love is perfectly documented elsewhere, through the magic of his own ideas.
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