Bonnie Prince Billy and The Cairo Gang: The Wonder Show of the World (Palace)

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Bonnie Prince Billy: The Sounds Are Always Begging
Bonnie Prince Billy and The Cairo Gang: The Wonder Show of the World (Palace)

My guess is that because Bonnie Prince Billy aka Will Oldham aka Palace aka Palace Brothers etc has done so many albums that, like Woody Allen movies and local buses, you can afford to miss one because another will be along soon.

This low-key, mostly acoustic outing framed by Neil Young-styled folk and Billy's default position of analytical introspection with a leavening of love songs is probably one that could go by.

Almost absent of things such as choruses or even much by way of lyrical repetition, these songs have an intimacy which can be quietly compelling and you certainly hang in as allusive, hard to pin down narratives or emotions are unveiled with touches of electric guitar and backing vocals.

One of the best here is The Sounds Are Always Begging (see sample track) but too many others just drift into the ether.

Another will be along soon. 

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