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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B00070Q8FE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The vaunted collaboration between singer Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & guitar-slinger Matt Sweeney. It all started when Bonny challenged Matt to write some songs. When Matt did so with relative ease, then it was Bonnie's turn to be challenged to write. Which he did with aplomb, in various glamorous locations around the globe (these two birds are nothing if not jet-setters). Once they'd worked it all out, they took it to Rove Studios in Kentucky, where Paul Oldham rendered it all with a crafty hand. The results are Superwolf, a record decidedly in the Fool to Cry vein of heart-weary but soul-lifting blue (and black) ballads. Stripped down & strapped on, Superwolf will fuck you up & down.

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When word spread through indie gossip sites that Bonnie Prince Billy AKA Will Oldham AKA Palace was set to team with Matt Sweeney of Chavez, Zwan and Man ‘Zine fame, unless you were a dedicated fan of elaborate facial hair, it seemed hard to be very intrigued. But the Superwolf collaboration between the two is frayed, fuzzy and undeniably excellent. It’s hard not to get hooked from the first song, which declares "I am under your spell/ And you will have me I reckon," a near six-minute epic that goes from moody sparse organ bit to absolutely choogling guitar part, the words shouted like some Southern anthem or ancient sea shanty until it ends with an elongated coda that sounds a lot like a Jerry Garcia solo album. It sounds a bit like Neil Young ca. Tonight’s the Night covering British folk singer Nic JonesPenguin Eggs album. Sweeney and Oldham play most of the instruments and though the vocals are mostly by Oldham, they do harmonize well. It’s remarkable how Oldham continues to reinvent and reinvigorate his mystic mountain man persona The truly surprising thing is that the rest of the album is just as ridiculously good. --Mike McGonigal

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N on January 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Up to this point, my knowledge of Bonnie Prince consisted of Master and Everyone, Ease Down the Road, and I See a Darkness (which, in my humble opinion, contains the greatest love song ever written in All Around).

I had absolutely no knowledge of Matt Sweeney.

Given that, when I popped in Superwolf, the sound initially caught me off guard. I persisted, of course, and was rewarded with a fantastically woven tapestry of lyricism and melody. It's chock full of the sweet, easy melodies, harmonizing vocal overlays, and well-placed crescendos characteristic of Oldham's earlier stuff.

Favorite tracks:

Bed is for Sleeping - "Bed is for sleeping, love is for making, you know, love, I am yours for the taking."

Lift Us Up - "People, don't you wonder how the Lord has brought you under?"

Only Someone Running - "If you melted, then I would melt myself all into you"
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Foolish on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Will Oldham is an artist who has for years been hovering just outside the lens of the indie genre he is often credited with having birthed. Funny thing is, he never, for a moment, seems to want to let the categorizers of music zero in on him. Most reading this review are probably aware of how he has embraced the alter-ego concept and sent about 5 different monikers flying off into musical space, and how, after 5 incredible albums under his most recent nom de plume, he seems to have settled comfortably on the wonderfully cryptic and nonsensical Bonnie "Prince" Billy. With Superwolf, his latest release with the disgustingly talented Matt Sweeney and the follow-up to the devastatingly dark and beautiful Master & Everyone, Will Oldham the man has taken a bold step forward and assumed his place somewhere alongside the likes of Neil Young and Bob Dylan as a mature and persisting musical genius who can do no wrong with ink or guitar strings-and, in this case, yet unexplored electric guitar strings. In terms of career progression, Superwolf is Oldham's Rust Never Sleeps, his Before the Flood. It is a signed affidavit to all doubters that he is the real deal.

From Sweeney's very first riff on "My Home Is the Sea," one can immediately sense an assertiveness in Oldham's voice that was absent on previous undertakings. This contrasted with dramatic shifts in the shaky, tortured falsetto that has become his trademark, what you have are some unusual flourishes to what has thus been a consistently dark sound, a sliver of light in that ever-darkening canon of his.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Smith on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge fan of Will Olham and all his monikers. But after Greatest Palace Music I was kind of wondering where he might go next musically. I like country (real country, not Toby Keith)but Greatest Palace Music was a little too country for my taste. Needless to say, Superwolf is amazing. Matt Sweeney really adds some hard rock flavor to the mix. This is a great collaboration between two of indie rock's best musicians.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sidney Carton on February 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I don't want to write a lengthy review or reiterate what you have already read in the preceding reviews, but let it be said that this album is amazing, and you should at the very least take the time to listen to the previews above in either the Windows Media or Real format before navigating away from this page. "Bed is for Sleeping" or "Beast for Thee" are the popular tracks and contain Oldham's most accessible singing in his entire career. He has come a long way from his shaky, cracking vocals on albums like "There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You" and "Days in the Wake". Sweeney's guitar work here is gorgeous and also not to be missed.

Notes on the limited edition- a bit of a ripoff- no extra tracks or artwork. In fact the only thing better is that it's a cardboard DigiPak. It's even missing out the funny drawing of "Will and Matt" contained in the standard edition.

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