- Aug 2, 2001
Gee, i was really surprised to find there are no threads dedicated to Bonnie Prince Billy. I discovered him just a few months ago and I began worshipping his pared-down audiophile recordings and beautiful angst-driven songs. I think his recordings are an example of my favorite kind of rock/pop recordings (though I think he's classified as Alt-Country), where you can "feel" the recording studio and the living presence of the artists. His albums are recorded much in the fashion of my highly-respected Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "The Boatman's Call" album, recorded at Abbey Road. That recording just exudes a living presence (I can't believe some knucklehead here said "The Boatman's Call" "...isn't a very good recording," jeez.) These recording aren't so absolutely live sounding within a setting as, say, The Cowboy Junkies' "The Trinity Sessions," but they still have that wonderful palpable presence of a good jazz recording. I'm referring to Bonnie Prince Billy's classic album " I See a Darkness" -- an absolutely moody masterpiece. (Johnny Cash recorded a version of "I See a Darkness" on "American III: Solitary Man."), and his album "Ease Down the Road." I find both to be equally brilliant recordings, though I prefer "I See a Darkness" as an album. Are there any other fans here?