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Music Consumption: Will Oldham
02/24/2001 Will Oldham: I See A Darkness

I must have played this one for two weeks solid. Obviously mournful and steeped in despair and regret, but there are glimmers of redemption--desperately sexual in "All Around," through the love of comradeship in the title tune, and in the truncated last tune, "Raining in Darling." These songs work so well that he can get away with "bad" rhymes that would sink anybody else's tunes (the end of "Death to Everyone" comes to mind here--it still works, where projects like The New Year are scuttled by their rhyme schemes). "Madeline Mary" brings chills, and all the other songs exact their toll. It's an amazing album.

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