(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Friday, January 07, 2005

So, the imaginary reader asks, what music did you like in 2004? I'm so pleased to be asked. Here is the first answer; more later.

1. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is one of the personae of Will Oldham, whom you may remember from his role as the young preacher boy in Matewan even if you've never heard his music. Under the name of "Palace" or "Palace Music" or "Palace Brothers," he put out several records of music that is hard for me to describe -- there are folky elements to it, there are noise elements to it, and there is humor and there is darkness. Then his next couple records were under the name of Bonnie, and there was less of the "noise" and a little more polished and jaunty vibe. So then he decided to cover his own songs -- his new persona doing the songs of his old one, thus this record. The songs that had formerly had a lot of roughness and noise now get a pretty slick Nashville production. Some people didn't like it because it was too clean for their taste or because they thought it was a joke that they didn't get. I loved it. You can get a taste by looking at a video of one of the songs, here.

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