Songs of Love and Horror

Album Review of Songs of Love and Horror by Will Oldham.

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Songs of Love and Horror

Will Oldham

Songs of Love and Horror by Will Oldham

Release Date: Oct 19, 2018
Record label: Drag City
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

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Songs of Love and Horror - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Pitchfork - 71
Based on rating 7.1/10

Near the end of a recent show in Brooklyn, Will Oldham brought the room to silence. He stepped to the foot of the stage to sing "Careless Love," a nearly a cappella track from 2001's Ease Down the Road. Now played with a seven-piece band but sung without a microphone, what was once a hushed prayer became powerful enough to fill the theater. The moment captured what, nearly three decades into his career, might have become Oldham's defining quality: He can really sing.

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Drowned In Sound - 70
Based on rating 7/10

In a 2003 promo interview, Will Oldham explained his multi-moniker approach as a way to 'allow both audience and performer a relationship with the performer that is valid and unbreakable.' Okay. I'm sure there are some diehard Oldham/"Prince"/Palace fans out there who'll take exception to this, but I don't give a shit. I agree that the performer-audience and performer-self relationships are complex, and I understand the desire to differentiate one project from another.

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