Album Review: Bonnie Prince Billy – ‘Wolfroy Goes To Town’

An absolute, unerring joy

There’s something about this album that feels like Will Oldham revisiting the desolate, dream-like hinterlands of his late ’90s ‘Palace’ period. But instead of the shaky-voiced child-man caught between the lonely drip, drip, drip of the whisky bottle and the lone beat of his broken heart, he’s returned fully formed and phoenix-like. Aided by vocalist Angel Olsen, who provides an excellent, Linda Ronstadt-ish counterpoint to his increasingly gruff-sounding vocal, this is perhaps his strongest and most consistent collection for years. Songs like the slow burning ‘New Tibet’ are eye-moisteningly beautiful things. In fact, the entire thing is an absolute, unerring joy.

Priya Elan

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