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It’s over a decade since Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s landmark album ‘I See A Darkness’. Since then, Will Oldham’s music has tended away from the dark and towards the light, further from the ‘alt.’ and closer to the ‘country’. His genius for songwriting and starkly beautiful lyricism remains, and ‘Wolfroy Goes To Town’ adds yet more weight to this weird and wonderful songwriter’s credentials. It’s a gentle, laid back, quiet opening to the record, and the first note struck with any kind of anger doesn’t arrive until the bitter strains of ‘New Tibet’. The slightly more off-kilter ‘Cows’ is awash with beautiful harmonies, but the standout track here is poor-man’s prayer ‘Quail And Dumplings’; fellow folkie Angel Olsen’s heartbreaking guest vocals in the middle eight like a stunning blow to the soul. This is Sunday evening music: reflective, warm and moving. Once again, the prince proves he is king.

By Chris Watkeys