Bonnie “Prince” Billy
The Letting Go

Drag City
Reviewed by: Andrew Gaerig
Reviewed on: 2006-09-19

Posted 09/19/2006 - 04:41:56 PM by skuter666:
 "I See a Darkness," not "I Can See a Darkness."
Posted 09/19/2006 - 06:50:13 PM by :
 The above mentioned mistake has been corrected on 09/19/2006.
Posted 09/20/2006 - 11:16:07 AM by florenz6:
 Mr. Gaerig´s welcome return to form after temporarary deafness for all the subtleties of M. Ward´s "Post-War":)
Posted 09/20/2006 - 08:04:29 PM by Tuffgnarl:
 how is Ease Down The Road not a proper-solo release?
Posted 09/21/2006 - 04:48:09 AM by hego99:
 Like Tuffgnarl before me, I can't believe how the reviewer has managed to miss Billy's second solo album "Ease Down The Road", or in any way doesn't consider it a solo album... In my humble opinion, "Ease" is the best Billy album ever, beautiful songs beyond belief ... and the singing ... sigh!
Posted 09/21/2006 - 04:50:32 AM by hego99:
 Another thing: "The Letting Go" and "Ease Down The Road" have VERY similar album covers!!
Posted 09/21/2006 - 09:08:36 AM by florenz6:
 Well, the best Billy-album....such a discussion would be similar to the high-brow talk of Dylan experts all over the world discussing "Modern Times":) A bit of subjectivity should be part of the game: for me, the most essential albums of "Billy" are: 1) Master and Everyone 2) Ease Down The Road 3) The Letting-Go and 4) I See A Darkness - the ranking is changing depending on mood:) - for me these works are all A!
Posted 09/25/2006 - 10:56:48 AM by meatbreak:
 Florenz6, I am going to be contentious here and ask, did you just list the best Billy albums in reverse order?
Posted 09/25/2006 - 04:17:26 PM by florenz6:
 No, Meatbreak!
Posted 09/28/2006 - 08:41:30 PM by axiomatic:
 Indeed, Mr. Gaerig, glad to see you've regained your senses.
Posted 11/26/2006 - 12:35:39 AM by Utica5:
 sir gaerig, so many months after the review, i'm sure you'll never read this. but i just recently got the album, and i think you and many other critics missed something, so what the hell. in a lot of reviews, the style of the album was presented as somewhat of a twist for bonnie "prince", but this neater and more compositionally attentive will oldham is a direct continuation of his "no more workhorse blues" ep and his collaborations with matt sweeny and tortoise. i think i like this album a whole lot more than you did (it's one of my favorites of the decade, actually), so this simply may not concern you. but i think it's innacurate to talk about it as a stylistic abberation, because he's been putting out music like this (under the bonnie "prince" billy alias to boot) for a few years now.