Album Review: Bonnie ‘Prince Billy’- Lie Down In The Light

May 20, 2008 at 11:39 am 1 comment

Another year, another album from Will Oldham. This guy is starting to freak me out with his consistency. Lie Down In The Light is certainly a summer record. From the first stanza it is clear that the bearded one has moved on from the dense, and sometimes somber atmosphere of his 2006 release The Letting Go. The playful, light hearted nature of this album hearkens more to the mentality of 2001’s Ease Down The Road, but differentiates itself with starkly diverse instrumentation and song structure.

Right off the bat, Easy Does It sets the tone of the album by evoking themes of love and family. The feel of the album is decidedly more traditional and accessible than perhaps ever before in his career. The production is slick, and his backing band is right on the money providing Nashville staples such as steel guitar and backup harmonizing vocals from the likes of Ashley Webber.

There is nothing revolutionary about this album, and it is hardly a departure for Oldham, but it is so warm and inviting its impossible to scoff at. The ticket to success here is how natural and casual it sounds. It is more akin to a live album than a studio recording. It would not be a stretch to imagine hearing a performence of Lie Down In The Light on something like A Prairie Home Companion, as Oldham has tapped into that particular brand of Americana with this release. This is not the dark and scary Bonnie Prince, it is the homespun one with a large beard and comfy sweater sipping tea on the porch. So sit back and relax and enjoy the down home feel of Lie Down In The Light, thats what its made for.

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  • 1. Mark McCune  |  May 24, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Early Saturday morning, Memorial Day Weekend. Spring is late coming to the north county (GPS coordinate 46 deg North). The forsythia are still in bloom, the trees are not fully leafed out. The grass has not yet been cut (nor does it not yet need it). Needless to say, there has been an extensive stretch of time with limited opportunities for natural bodily Vitamin D production.

    The day has dawned to cloudless blue sky, a blazing orb promising pleasantries to come. The lounge chair was pre-positioned on the deck about a month ago in eager anticipation of the moment.

    Now is the time for BPB, the lc and a PBR. I will now “lie down in the light’. Let summer begin!


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