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by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
One of the most perfect albums ever made? I think so.
Everyone spunking over that Bon Iver record needs to listen to this and then have a rethink. He hasn't come close to repeating it's brilliance though, even if his other BPB albums are good.
i didn't realise how much the bon iver album sounded like this until you made the comparison.
this is an album which is very good/sad.
I really like the various Palace Music/Brothers stuff though, pretty much all of it. Days In The Wake is so beautiful and brilliant in it's lo-fi stripped down rawness. I See A Darkness has all the emotion and brilliance of those albums but rendered in such a way that it brings it all together in a way that it probably unparalleed.
beautiful album... Superwolf being another favourite.
It's so great. It all sounds so beautifully effortless, and his voice is wonderful. Splendid.
I am very well acquainted with both I See A Darkness and For Emma... and to be honest I don't really see the connection.
I do however feel a bit weak at the knees when Oldham sings "and did you know how much I love you?" in the title track. Wow.
I don't think they sound that similar at all but they clearly fit loosley into the same genre and I See a Darkness is a standalone all time classic, Cash or no Cash, whereas For Emma... will be largely forgotten once the next big thing comes along.
I've said it before on here but Phosphorescent sounds exactly like Will Oldham. If you can get over that fact then Pride is absolutely spectacular and, IMO, better than any of Oldham's subsequent BPB releases.
But I really hate it when people say very authoritatively 'Album X/Band X will be forgotten' - do you have a crystal ball or something?
I should give I See A Darkness a listen either way.
bon iver's album is sort of more textual, with more instruments and strange-sounding effects. also their voices are completely different-sounding.
other than the fact that both BPB and bon iver are vaguely lo-fi i don't really hear the connection.