Release Date: Sep 19, 2006
Record label: Drag City
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Country
Will Oldham has usually preached the gospel of less-is-more, but after an own-covers record that emanated from the belly of Nashville itself (Bonnie Prince Billy Sings Greatest Palace Songs), followed by a collaboration with guitarist Matt Sweeney (Superwolf) and a churning live record (Summer in the Southeast), his work began to seem positively indulgent. The Letting Go is not quite as far a stretch, but it is yet another intriguing departure. Granted, its approach would strike most bands as skeletal, but compared to his last solo album of originals, 2003's Master and Everyone, it sounds downright gaudy.
For someone with such a clearly defined aesthetic, Will Oldham (a.k.a. Palace, a.k.a. Bonnie 'Prince’ Billy) has never managed a cohesive full-length. The Letting Go is not that record. It is the closest he’s come since I See a Darkness (held together by its prevalent gloom), which is the ….