Ease Down the Road

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Ease Down the Road
Easedowntheroad albumcover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 19, 2001 (2001-03-19)
Length44:02
LabelPalace
ProducerThe Continental Op
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy chronology
I See a Darkness
(1999)
Ease Down the Road
(2001)
Master and Everyone
(2003)

Ease Down the Road is the seventh studio album by American musician Will Oldham, and the second under his moniker Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. It was released on Palace Records on March 19, 2001.

Domino Recording Company also released a UK limited edition 2-disc version of the album (Domino WIGCD89X); the bonus disc contains tracks taken from a BBC Peel Session first transmitted on March 16, 1999. The lineup includes Will Oldham, Mike Fellows, James Lo, and Matt Sweeney.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound10/10[2]
The Guardian3/5 stars[3]
NME9/10[4]
Pitchfork7.9/10[5]
Q4/5 stars[6]
Uncut8/10[7]

Nathan Bush of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying: "Seeming more confident than ever, Oldham's Ease Down the Road is a wonderful addition to a catalog that should earn him a place among the finest songwriters of his age, or any age."[1] Matt LeMay of Pitchfork gave the album a 7.9 out of 10, calling it "Oldham's most fleshed-out work to date" and "his most sonically diverse."[5]

The Wire included it on the "2001 Rewind" list.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."May It Always Be"4:04
2."Careless Love"2:06
3."A King at Night"4:29
4."Just to See My Holly Home"3:40
5."At Break of Day"4:16
6."After I Made Love to You"3:53
7."Ease Down the Road"3:06
8."The Lion Lair"6:01
9."Mrs William"3:03
10."Sheep"2:54
11."Grand Dark Feeling of Emptiness"3:23
12."Rich Wife Full of Happiness"3:07

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Todd Brashear – vocals, lap steel guitar
  • Matt Everett – violin
  • Mike Fellows – bass guitar
  • Paul Greenlaw – vocals, banjo
  • Catherine Irwin – vocals
  • Harmony Korine – vocals
  • Ned Oldham – vocals, guitar, bass guitar
  • Will Oldham – vocals, guitar, Nord Lead, percussion
  • David Pajo – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, Nord Lead, piano, percussion
  • Bryan Rich – guitar
  • Matt Sweeney – vocals, guitar, banjo
  • Jon Theodore – drums, percussion

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 88

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bush, Nathan. "Ease Down the Road – Bonnie "Prince" Billy". AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Tudor, Alexander (July 27, 2012). "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy – Ease Down the Road; Master and Everyone; Greatest Palace Music (reissued)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Clarke, Betty (March 9, 2001). "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: Ease Down the Road (Domino)". The Guardian. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Wirth, Jim (March 10, 2001). "Bonnie Prince Billy : Ease Down The Road". NME. Archived from the original on March 25, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b LeMay, Matt (March 31, 2001). "Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Ease Down the Road". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Ease Down the Road". Q (175): 96. April 2001.
  7. ^ Young, Rob (July 9, 2012). "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy – reissues". Uncut. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "2001 Rewind". The Wire. December 2007. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Bonnie Prince Billy". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 16, 2017.

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