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I See A Darkness

Bonnie "Prince" Billy

1999

I See A Darkness

Album Summary

I See a Darkness is the sixth album by American musician Will Oldham, released on Palace Records on January 19, 1999 as the first album under the name Bonnie "Prince" Billy. The album features appearances from Bob Arellano, Colin Gagon, Paul Oldham, David Pajo, and Peter Townsend.

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Rating

2.96

Votes

4330

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Folk
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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Fantastic. Hauntingly beautiful from start to finish.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

Meh. Kinda boring

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

If there's one thing you can say about Will, it's he looks like how his music sounds.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
1

“I See a Darkness” by Bonnie “Prince” Billy (1999) Sometimes, legitimate poetic expressions seem to sit high on a throne of non-referential, non-allusive obscurity, holding a scepter of grammar-be-damned nonsense and crowned with a greater than ordinary vocabulary. But that doesn’t make them good as lyrics. A lyricist has one shot at grabbing the listener by the passions, and on this album, Bonnie “Prince” Billy has missed wildly. He sings as though he would have preferred to not come into the studio that day. No he doesn’t. He doesn’t sing at all. He mumbles over some tonal doodles, undecided as to whether he’d prefer to vibrate or croak out the end of each phrase. To call the arrangements ‘spare’ would be overly generous. Off-pitch backing vocals are completely (and intentionally) out of sync with the lead, as if that’s some sort of stylish adornment. There’s way too much left-hand piano and electric bass pounding out a melancholy dirge. After listening to the album “I See a Darkness”, I don’t see a darkness. I hear a silence. Sorry to have wasted your time, dear reader. 1/5

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

a depressing and optimistic ode to survival.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Dreadful and honest. There's an effect where instrumentals like the electric guitar solo in "Another Day Full of Dread" are dulled down, as if given the spotlight yet unable to express itself to the fullest. It knows when to be simple and when to be chaotic. Vocalist is soothing and dynamic, sometimes reminding me of Eddie Vedder but mostly John Darnielle. Favorites: I See a Darkness, Death to Everyone, Madeleine-Mary

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

I wonder how Bonny Prince Billy would feel about his album being played with interludes of adds from the likes of State Farm, Eggland’s Best and VRBO? Will Oldham has always seemed like the most pretentious dude in the world. He’s so precious about being “real” and having “integrity.” He seems like the type who would ignore you at a party and make sarcastic jokes at your expense. Bonny Prince Billy always reminds me of a train ride I took with Zoe where she had us both listen to the album in perfect unison and was weird about getting it exact, then having sex, it was a sexy idea, but her controlling exactitude, me not fucking in rhythm, the music getting off unison, the conductor knocking at the door, made what should’ve been amazing a hellish experience. I was really feeling the first half of album, raw, singer songwriter Appalachian rock. It’s fragile and wandering. Sounds like the songs of a tragic loner in the olden times. As the album went on it wasn’t as good, some bad forced rhyme and cadence, some sloppy instrumentation. I want yo love Nonmie Prince Billy and there are moments when I do, but for the most part his albums are just out of reach, I’m just not cool enough to really embrace it, kind of like when I was trying to listen to it and have sex on a train.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Ooof. This one's a heavy load. Feels like it deserves another spin and a more dedicated listen to look beneath the hood. Just the voice and arrangements alone were affecting. I think I'm in. Hady had to put headphones on to block out Bonnie while cooking empanadas. It seemed like Elliot Smith with less catchy melodies and a more mature perspective. Bookmarking this to return to in deep dark December, then play NIN. For now a placeholder B+

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

An intriguing whisp of an album - didn't cohere fully on first listen, but this may have been a function of the organic, ethereal feel each track has, as if they're arising out of nothingness

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Wed Dec 29 2021
1

Oh man, where do I start. First, I thought the first track was ok and I might enjoy the album. But then the 2nd one...woof. it sounded like 2 people singing different songs at the same time. It sounded like an elementary school lunch room when the kids were getting too rowdy. I kept begging for that 1 teacher who could stick their fingers in their mouth and make that ear piercing whistle to create SILENCE! Then the rest of the album was just shit. If I wanted to hear a shitty story by a boring guy with his guitar I'd join a commune. Literally fuck this album.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

I SEE A DARKNESS is the first album I've listened to from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. It's a pretty downbeat affair, and when I first started listening I worried that it might become tedious. This album was anything but that... "A Minor Place" seemed like a pretty down song on the first listen. Then after hearing the album I realized it was one of the more upbeat tracks, relatively speaking. "Nomadic Revelry (All Around)" is basically a love song, albeit a rather somber one. It would seem death is never far regardless of the nature of the song. I absolutely loved "I See A Darkness". Lyrics about the existential struggle of living that runs as an undercurrent to our friendships - those friends that we seek as a refuge from the darkness. Really moving song that gave me chills. My favorite song on the album. Incredible. The introspection continues with "Another Day Full of Dread" that lives up to the title. It is followed by "Death To Everyone" that contrary to what one might assume is not an angry threat but another existential exploration of death. The fun of living is a real positive part of the lyrics. You'd never know it if you weren't listening carefully. The remainder of the album continues in this vein, with what might be a downbeat sea shanty ("Madeleine-Mary"?), a redemption song (or prayer? - "Today I Was An Evil One"), and more somber, existential explorations. The album closes with "Raining in Darling", a dirge-like - dare I say - love song? A really beautiful dirge of a love song. This is a really bleak album that I would not suggest as the soundtrack to your next party. Many of the songs do have climaxes where the energy increases, but not by doing much with the tempo - instead by the swelling arrangements. Still that shouldn't put anyone off - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is a master of making somber songs about somber subjects very listenable and absolutely beautiful. This is a really impressive album that I will be listening to again.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Whoa. This is dark. I am worried about Bonnie "Prince" Billy. His pain is palpable. I felt heart-sick the entire duration of my first listen. I think I'm on my fourth time through now. It is still dark but it gets prettier and prettier the more I listen. There's not a song I dislike on the album. I find the songs I See a Darkness and Today I Was an Evil One especially resonant, at least today. The record ends on a positive note (I think?) with Raining in Darling. "Oh, it don't rain anymore I go outdoors Where it's fun to be And I know you love me I know you do" love love love

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Oh, this one seized me. It didn't leave me when I was done listening. Yikes. I became a bit obsessed with it, which I didn't even see coming while I listened to it for the first and second time. The songs are beautiful, I think. I don't always understand the lyrics, but when I do, they stab. (And I HATE phony, whiny, "depressive" lyrics. These feel so real.) Someone needs to take "I See a Darkness" away from me, because I keep going back to it. And the Johnny Cash version with backing vocal by BPB. "Death to Everyone" is another one. There isn't a song on here that doesn't make me feel something. I need a Captain & Tennille intervention.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
5

Mooi ingetogen depri eerlijk donker simpel open , 1ste echte ontdekking

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Had never heard of this guy before. It was a nice surprise… Very dark and depressing lyrics. Loved it. … However, I did not like having to listen to this via YouTube because it is not on Spotify. The random loud-ass insurance ads between each song really sucked.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

fucking amazing

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Thank you! One of my favorite albums of all time, five stars hands-down. This album has been there for me during every tough part of my life for the last 22 years.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Classic album, absolutely love BPB. Great album to revisit this morning.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Really dug it. Got wilco and shins vibes in parts. But loved the folk vibe

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

Vraiment aimé mon écoute, je pense me le procurer. Émotion bien sentie, musique poignante, mais sans flafla

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

This album is a compelling mixture of country, folk, and experimental. Bonnie Prince Billy’s warbly voice calls to mind the ‘high lonesome sound’ of Appalachian music within a indie framework. The compelling lyrics and minimalistic music draw the listener in to something that feels strikingly intimate.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Solemn and moody

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Only one listen, but one listen was plenty. I tried noting down highlights but gave up around 'Death To Everyone' - every single track on this magnificent record is an absolute highlight! The desperate, heartfelt, post-punk delivered by Oldham is simply amazing. The entire thing feels fragile but with a solid foundation in melodies, lyrics and perfect choices of the very sparse instrumentation.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

The first time I listened to this I very much wasn't in the mood, so it fell flat. I gave it another chance the next day and appreciated it a lot more. You need to be in the right mindset to connect with morbid depressive off-kilter discordant folk, I guess. Also, I can't help thinking of Jeffrey Lewis' "Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror" 😂 Fave track - "Death to Everyone", or possibly "Madeleine-Mary"

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

The tones of the opening track remind me of the indie folk movement that has really taken off in the past decade or so like Tom Petty's solo stuff, The Lumineers, Lord Huron, and Head and the Heart. The album hits a samey-samely level around track 8/9, but this is a nice mellow listen and a good background listen.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

I started the day with two listens and all that I took away from the experience was a feeling of dread. I was not overly fond. So, I decided to give it one more listen on my walk in the evening. Maybe it was the fresh air, the beautiful sunset, or the fact that it had grown on me, but I really started to appreciate the simple melodies and melancholy mood that the album elicited. I listened twice on my walk…and halfway through the second listen, I thought “maybe I love this album”. But no, I am not sure that I even like it…I am some what intrigued by it though and suspect that I will crave it again in the future.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Sparse and raw, it is moody and contains both intense and quiet moments. Though it drifts a little more on the back half, the album is interesting and enjoyable.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

// Favs: Score: Decent to Strong 4

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Really good folk - gotta be if Johnny Cash will cover ya late career. Started very strong, finished less so. Squeaks into a 4.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

un des meilleurs albums de "country" du millénaire je pense

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Chillax.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Chillaxing

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

Shows how enjoyable a folk album can be even if it's just simple instrumentation and one vocalist

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Альбом целостный, впечатление приятное оставил.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

I used to be way into anything Will Oldham/Palace/Bonnie Prince Billy put out after being completely floored one night by The Palace Brothers "Days In The Wake." Nothing else quite ever came close to that initial, nearly transcendent experience for me, but "I See A Darkness" is certainly a good representation of his general style, and undoubtedly considered among his best work. Will Oldham has this sort of laid back form of vulnerability that I can see could make some people uncomfortable. The kind of thing you either love or hate. And honestly, I can see how he can come across as boring too. But listen closely to those lyrics and you will come to know that he is a very unique songwriter who is able to capture these states of mind that are seldom put into words, let alone to music. His language can be incredibly poetic, even cryptic, but also, at times, disarmingly frank and direct. Both philosophical and mundane. I deeply appreciate that he tempers the one with the other. His voice seems to embody vulnerability to me. A brave and admirable vulnerability though. It has a sort of confidence in it somehow by paradoxically embracing its flaws and weaknesses. And I think that is underscored in the looseness of the playing. I could see how his songs could sort of collapse under their own weight if they were over produced. But the way they are recorded I get the sense he doesn't want to labor over things, to overthink it, or else he might stifle the spirit of what he's trying to do. It sounds as if he was simply recording things as they came to him. Like he was capturing a moment, or a mood, that was bigger than the songs themselves.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Dug the vibe of this but it wasn't available on Spotify

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

This was a really good album, definitely worthy of the praise it receives.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

good

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Wow this one really did it for me. Well done.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Bonnie Prince is so weird and wonderful. Love this album

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Ok, I'm depressed now :)

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Sometimes you need a nice emo boy singing you songs about your inevitable death. Not exactly Monday morning listening material but idk today it hit the spot.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

très bien, dark, dans la lignée spirituelle du post rock, proche de slint

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Actually quite pretty at times, just wasn't very exciting either. 7/10

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

7/10. Really good, stay tuned for my Minecraft parody of the first song "A Miner Place"

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Good music. Good lyrics. Nice listen.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Interesting album. I like it.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Herkkä ja kaunis levy, iski kyllä. 4/5, voi tulevilla kuunteluilla nousta täyteen femmaan.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Tähän sopi youtuben mainokset hyvin eiku. Voimakas ja kaunis levy. Tykkään laulutyylistä kovasti.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Kaunista ja synkkää. Hyvää folkkia todentotta vaikken kyseisen genren suurkuluttaja olekaan! 4/5

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

One of those albums that deserve to be heard in one sitting. Oldham’s songwriting is haunting and longing and I See A Darkness only makes use of sparse instrumentation. I feel moved with almost every word uttered by Oldham and while the first listen made me consider a 3 / 5, the second listen won me over.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Lovely, 4+/5

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Amazing voice, perfectly accompanied

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

No clue about this ahead of listening but it's beautiful.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Bit morbid

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

A bleak indie folk album isn't going to win any points for originality, but at least the execution was nice (most of the time). Best track: I See A Darkness

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

This was weird emo folk music. It was good but not a lot stood out

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

The music sounded quite good, but I really can't imagine this as being anything other than pleasant and unobtrusive background music. 3.5 rounded down for lack of any standout tracks.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

Disc de folk gòtic, crepuscular, depressiu, gairebé suïcida on l'ambientació, la veu trencadissa d'Oldham i sobretot les lletres prenen protagonisme per sobre les lletres. Per moments molt concrets, però en ells, el disc excel.leix

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

I'm not sure if I've ever heard of BPB before. All of the music was new for me. "A Minor Place" was my favorite track, and a good start to the album. The album was consistent and all of the tracks fit the same general mood. I liked the album, but towards the end it was harder to pay attention to each track. This was a good album.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Alright. So. Having delved into artists like Devendra Banhart (thanks to this project!!), this kind of folk didn't surprise me too much. It oscillated between "what's happening" and "ah, yes" for me. It's getting a 3, but I want to give it another listen when I'm in a different headspace.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Välistä tosi makee soundi ja sitten seuraavan hetkenä hiipu kasaan. Ei kuitenkaan ihan paska vaikka tuskin tulee löytymään omalta soittolistalta tulevaisuudessa.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Okay folk music

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

Thought this album was surprisingly decent. The tone and style was pretty mellow but the songs felt like there was more depth to it. Didn’t really dislike any song but didn’t find any standing out either. It was a good new album. 6.4/10

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Very sad mood, good strings good voice, overall better than expected 3/5

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

Needs more listening...

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Bylo mainstreamowo, to teraz podziemny album od pana pod pseudonimem Bonnie "Prince" Billy, ktory z tego co widze jest plodnym tworca muzyki indyjsko folkowej, ale to juz jest taka nisza, ze operowanie gatunkami nie ma tutaj najmniejszego sensu, I See A Darkness jest jego pierwszym pod tym pseudonimem, drugim studyjnym, a szostym w dyskografii krazkiem, najlepszym okresleniem na kontent plyty bedzie bez zycia, instrumentalnie przewaza granie akustykiem, bongosem czy delikantymi klawiszami, moze dwa traki sa oparte na czyms bardziej elektrycznym, ale to nie samo instrumentalne brzmienie swiadczy o niezyciu tego nagrania, a jego pustka liryczna, ktora z pewnoscia byla celowym zabiegiem majacym otoczyc sluchacza aura apatii, ktora wyciekla z glowy pana Bonniego, ktory widac, ze szanuje swoja prace lirczna, bo nawet wydal booka bedacego guidem do jego tworczosci, stamtad wiekszosc adnotacji geniusowych pochodzi, pierwszy raz cos takiego widze, a plyta jest tak undergroundowa, ze nie ma co jej szukac na spotifaju, ciekawa plyta, ale trzeba byc w specyficznym nastroju zeby dac sie jej porwac, moze byc do rany przylol, gdy czlowiek bedzie potrzebowal czegos co upewni go w otaczajacej go nicosci codziennej wszechrzeczy, najbardziej hajlajtowymi momentami byl dla mnie tytulowy utwor i today i was an evil one, ktory dobrze oddaje podejscie czlowieka do kwestii bycia zlodupcem, jesli przeciez i tak wszystko jutro bedzie mial wyzerowane, ale jak na 37 minut materialu na 11 trakach, to nie czuc zadnych przeciaganych momentow, kontent liryczny jest na tyle gesty zeby przykuc uwage sluchacza, a instrumenty stanowia dla niego jedynie tlo

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Bon truc, chiant que c pas sur spotify

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

The lyrics are poetic with a delivery that is genuinely catches me off balance. I have heard this album is a slow burn so I will see. Death To Everyone is good and creepy. Black is good. I get the lyrics, but it didn't really convince me of anything. Maybe worth a relisten?

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

nice album, unfortunately in the wrong mood for something this gentle

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

There's something to like here, however I think it's mostly just surface level. I just listened to this album 2 hours ago and I already forgot pretty much everything about it. Not to say this isn't a good record, it just didn't stick with me in a meaningful way.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

It was nice. Like Neil Young in a fit of depression nice. It had a gloomy atmosphere and was very well put together. Nothing transcendent (and annoyingly full of ads because it wasn't on Spotify, which didn't help with the flow of the album) but a nice album. It would probably grow on me with a few more listens, but not a luxury I had - maybe I'll get back to it one day.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Interesting

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

He has a unique voice and the overdubbing is interesting. I would call it Americana style. Interesting but I wouldn't have it on heavy rotation.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

first listen definitely a variety of sounds, but is so short and not much stood out to me

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Perfectly pleasant album

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Interesting it's not available on Spotify in the US, so I went to YouTube. Definitely a very vulnerable album and I did the aesthetic but nothing stuck out to me to make me wanna listen to it again, unfortunately.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

There's a kind of naked wallowing to this that I don't relate to. Maybe I'm just not that emotionally evolved.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

boring, few good moments

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Dark and folksy I like it

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

Dark and sad. Probably a good album to put on when mourning the loss of someone close .

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

I thought it was pretty decent. A few songs really stood out that were quite beautiful and haunting. 6/10

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

I too see a Darkness

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Really heavy stuff here. Good but sad all around.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

It's OK. 3/5

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Could do with less screaming

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

With songs like Death to Everyone, Another Day Full of Dread, and Today I Was an Evil One, how could I not feel optimistic and uplifted! Seriously though, this album should probably come with a warning label - if you have suicidal thoughts and ideations please don't listen! Having said all that, it was pretty good. 3 stars.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

I enjoyed this well enough. It takes the unpolished schtick to a fault in many songs, however. The lyrics are smart but at times it seems that smartness supersedes good poetic structure - wordy mouthfuls that roll over the beat (such as it is). Ends stronger than it starts I thought. There are other artists (Smog comes to mind) in this vein that I like better.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Burde sikkert egentlig gitt da 2, men e visst litt i godlaget i dag

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Knew the name, not the sound, but pleased to report I found it to be both bonnie and princely. Obviously it's a bit morbid (no problem) and one-paced (can be a problem), but for the most part it kept me enchanted with its earnest musings. Death To Everyone and the title track stood out as highlights. 3.5

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Moody, mellow and mysterious

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Tue Nov 01 2022
3

I like the overall feel of most of the tunes, but a lot of the vocal harmonies feel strained or shaky. I also thought that many of the lyrics were too noticeable for how bizarre they were.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

nothing special

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

This album is what I would've hoped from yesterday's album. One downside to this album it takes a more concentrated listen to do the lyrics justice. And that is something I didn't have the ability to give it today.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Прослушано! Спокойный мужской вокал, любопытный стиль, но как-то нудно.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

Bit dark. That is the only notable thing about it. Not terrible, but really didn't grab me in any way.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

meh

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

First Listen. Sounded nice. Like to hear more.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Bleaker than a 2008 financial report but performed in a way that feels more like they're afraid of their favourite late night coffee spot closing or the girl they've been stalking on instagram finally blocking them. This was the album you heard coming out of your weird hipster housemate's room at uni.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

Välillä ihan ok, ei vaan sopinu päivän tunnelmiin. Oli aika pitkälle samanlaista koko levy

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

Mehhhh. No favorite track

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

It's a bit dark and distracting. I'm not sure what the sound is in Death to Everyone... but it's distracting.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

I really didn't care for it. I wanted the album to over but I did not skip any songs.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Not terrible

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

I actually enjoy the aesthetic and lyrical appeal, but musically it's just not interesting or impressive whatsoever. 2nd and 7th song were my favorites here, probably? I like what the artist is going for but it leaves me wanting so much musically. The lyrics are never the reason I LOVE music; the music must be good first.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

Found this slow & relatively uninteresting.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

When it first started I thought, well this is kind of a weird vibe that I will probably be in to. After a few songs I made it to wtf is this but wrapped it up with that was weird but not the worst thing we've heard thus far.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

It's a very stripped back indie folk album which goes through the musings of a man going through some stuff and feels a little personal. Best: Death To Everyone Worst: Today I Was An Evil One Note: This Album is NOT available on Spotify - needed to head to YouTube to listen to it.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

Some good bits

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

I like the cover of the album Liked 1 or 2 songs It is not entirely my type 2/5

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Sun Feb 06 2022
2

Experience marred by listening to it on Youtube with ads. Bit background-music-y, not that engaging.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
2

Too low key and too quiet for me to find any real entertainment within these grooves. 2 🌟

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Sun May 08 2022
2

A drab affair, a little bit hipster, a little bit ersatz. Even when he’s opening up emotionally you still feel he’s holding back which is fine , that’s up to him, except he can’t also then sell the record on integrity. The record ends up sounding arch and contrived - I’ll reinterpret folk music for modern audiences - that’s fine, you can end up there - but you just can’t set up to do that without feeling phoney.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

Alright, didn’t love it I have to say.

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Sun May 29 2022
2

A bit too sterile and melancholy for its own good.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
2

weird and meh.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
2

Dull as ditchwater.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

Quite dull I'm afraid

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

Dreary

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Not a big fan. I did bother getting to the end as not on Spotify, who do you think you are, Prince?

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

I don't know what to say. I don't want to piss off any Bonnie Prince Billy fans. In fact, quite the opposite, I want to piss ON Bonnie Prince Billy fans. Golden showers are back baby and I'm coming for ya.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

cheer up mate. the album cover is great, he's got a cheeky little smile, but there is fucking nothing cheeky about this album. i feel like he's trying to make me walk in to the sea or off a cliff.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Tänker på Christian Kjellvander när jag hör det här. Kjellvander är bättre.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
2

Really bad I see a darkness is ok

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

A few good tracks with a dark vibe, a lot of meh, and a few that annoyed me to have to listen to. 2/5

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Fri Nov 11 2022
2

Really can’t say I enjoyed this. After 2 really good albums I couldn’t even be bothered to listen again. It didn’t hurt my ears tho’ so maybe a generous 2*

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Mon Oct 04 2021
1

I'd not heard of the artist or heard any of the music before, and when it started and as I read the Wikipedia on it, I thought I'd probably like it because it has a lot of elements of music I tend to enjoy; however, I did not like this album. Some moments are interesting musically, but most of the time I could not shake the feeling I was listening to parody, and it felt like parody I didn't get. I tried to be open-minded and listen to as parody, I liked it even less. Cool album cover art, though.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
1

can't access on Spotify in NZ

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Wed Dec 22 2021
1

ah

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Thu Jan 20 2022
1

Depressing

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Mon Jan 31 2022
1

Weird, not quirky. Overrated. Derivative. Unlistenable.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
1

1.5

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Fri Feb 18 2022
1

"Madeleine-Mary" and "Song For the New Breed" were good tracks. Other than that.....meh.

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Wed May 18 2022
1

Not on Spotify, so unable to listen

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Wed Jun 08 2022
1

This experience felt like going to a restaurant where you are given some bread and butter for a starter. It's a simple but calm starter that serves a nice warmup for the flavoursome entrees, main and dessert. What if I told you that after the starter you were only served more bread, but it was more stale and bland as the evening went on, making you hate having hope before this ordeal all started. That's how I felt listening to this album. Just glad this isn't on Spotify.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
1

not available on streaming

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Fri Jul 29 2022
1

Not too long ago I was introduced to Will Oldham by author, educator, internet personality and awesome human, John Green. After hearing "New Partner" from Oldham's Palace Music project, I don't think anything can come close. Didn't care for this one.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
1

Not on Spotify uk

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Wed Aug 31 2022
1

So slow and Melancholy

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Fri Sep 09 2022
1

It seems to be a very touching album, songs are very sad and calm, it's not bad, but it's not the style I like.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
1

Too nick drake-esque

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Wed Sep 28 2022
1

I remember the music papers creaming their tits about how good this album was when it came out. I think that says a lot about how low a bar music was setting itself in 1999. This was then, and still is now, a painfully dreary album.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
1

Fucking dreary piece of shit

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Fri Sep 30 2022
1

Ok, wasn't particularly drawn in. Oddly unharmonic.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
1

Not really my speed

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Fri Nov 11 2022
1

I always see this album recommended and have listened so many times but I really don't like it. It's probably a 2 normally but for the annoyance factor I'm going 1.

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