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I See a Darkness
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Album: I See a Darkness
# Song Title   Time
1)    Minor Place
2)    Nomadic Revelry (All Around)
3)    I See a Darkness
4)    Another Day Full of Dread
5)    Death to Everyone
6)    Knockturne
7)    Madeline Mary
8)    Song for the New Breed
9)    Today I Was the Evil One
10)    Black
11)    Raining in Darling
 

Album: I See a Darkness
# Song Title   Time
1)    Minor Place
2)    Nomadic Revelry (All Around)
3)    I See a Darkness
4)    Another Day Full of Dread
5)    Death to Everyone
6)    Knockturne
7)    Madeline Mary
8)    Song for the New Breed
9)    Today I Was the Evil One
10)    Black
11)    Raining in Darling
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Will Oldham, Bob Arellano, Colin Gagon, Paul Oldham, Peter Townshend.
  • After abandoning the Palace moniker for a straight-up solo career, Will Oldham seemed to lose his focus a bit, but rechristened as Bonnie Prince Billy, he's regained it in spades. Where his previous solo efforts sounded thrown-together and lacked real songcraft, I SEE A DARKNESS is probably Oldham's most consistent, rewarding batch of songs since the Palace Brothers '93 debut. For once, the ever-elusive Oldham sounds like he's making a genuine effort to communicate--the relatively straightforward (but still poetic) lyrics, nicely arranged (but still lo-fi) sonic backdrops, and song structures with hummable (!) choruses are all unprecedented and highly agreeable developments. The titular darkness pervades much of the album, but there's an underlying warmth that shines through, making this an emotionally well-balanced effort.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (5/04, p.89) - "[A]s blackly comic as it was epiphanic..."

Dirty Linen (2-3/00, p.93) - "...Here is Will Oldham again with more name changes and more cryptic packaging. There is a dark quality to the songs....quasiminimalist..."

Q (Magazine) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "I SEE A DARKNESS was his masterpiece, ushering in a direct and less mythic style of songwriting."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.65) - Ranked #20 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[With] stronger vocals and sparsely arranged, utterly beautiful melodies."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/99, p.99) - "...harrowing gothic-folk at its darkest. A quiet gem for those chill, midwinter evenings."
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