Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is set to release his biggest and most ambitious album to date on the 16th March. Though ‘Beware’ shares spit with its predecessor ‘Lie Down in the Light’ this new album instantly sounds stronger and more grandiose than the last. Still relatively recent converts to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s own unique brand of folk, it’s great to know people still care about making albums as cohesive and majestic as this.
After spending several years in the wilderness of film acting and alternative country, Will Oldham freed himself from the usual personal constraints of song writing when he christened himself Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. “People are always going to be looking for the singer, for the root of the song, for the meaning of the song, for the identity of the song. That always made me uncomfortable, and I thought, well, I want to keep on making records, but don’t want to be uncomfortable, so let there be somebody I can look to, also”.
Containing classic titles like “Idon’t Belong to anyone”, “You can’t hurt me now”, and “I am Goodbye”, the record as a complete entity isn’t anywhere near as depressing as those titles might suggest. The albums moody bent though might draw comparisons to Lambchop or Smog, however this is definitely an album made by a man walking down his own singular, unique and private path – that is as clear as crystal. ‘Beware’ doesn’t sound like an instant classic and is a record that should definitely be filed under the ‘growers’ category of your record shelf, but believe us, grow it positively does.
The album is a much more measured exploration of the soul’s frailty and the sorry state of human relationships than your typical, everyday, bleaked-out, all-and-nothing roots rock platter. We’re not surprised it’s a brilliant album; we’re just a little taken back from rediscovering how involving some records can be.
Go out and get yourself a copy on its release and you won’t regret it; it really is a truly stella record.