Greatest Palace Music BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY Greatest Palace Music Drag City One of the odder dudes to walk through the honky-tonk doors, Will Oldham (a.k.a. Palace, Bonnie "Prince"… Greatest Palace Music BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY Greatest Palace Music Drag City One of the odder dudes to walk through the honky-tonk doors, Will Oldham (a.k.a. Palace, Bonnie "Prince"… 2004-03-23 Bonnie Prince Billy
Music Review

Greatest Palace Music (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; Lead Performance: Bonnie Prince Billy

BONNIE ''PRINCE'' BILLY Greatest Palace Music Drag City

One of the odder dudes to walk through the honky-tonk doors, Will Oldham (a.k.a. Palace, Bonnie ''Prince'' Billie, etc.) is known for shambling, sometimes heart-crushing records made with an indie-rock head and a country music soul. This set has him perversely remaking some of his edgy early material as 1970s Nashville pop a la Charlie Rich and Glen Campbell. Is it an improvement? Not really. But the recontextualization can be haunting, as when modern painters (such as John Currin) mutate Dutch master classicism with 21st-century dread. AND HE WAS A CHILD ACTOR In ''I Am a Cinematographer,'' the onetime thespian (he played the young union spur in John Sayles' Matewan) looks at life from behind the metaphoric lens.

Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints