A few years after he'd decided to start calling himself Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Will Oldham released a song called "A Wolf Among Wolves. " It's about a person who doesn't feel properly seen, and it's exceptionally sad, even for the guy who wrote "I See a Darkness. " "Why can't I be loved as what I am?" he sighs.
With an artist as prolific as Will Oldham has been for the last few decades, it becomes difficult to weigh their new works against anything but their past output. There's clearly a demand in place to support such a rapid stream of recordings: an audience (collectors perhaps?) who will grab anything new regardless of whether it's as strong as the ones that have come before. If that's not you, though, this makes it easy to be selective--if, say, you don't like the direction of a particular record, no bother, since another new album will be along to take its place in two shakes of a lamb's tail.