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Beware

Bonnie Prince Billy
Drag City

Hometown weird beard Will Oldham never disappoints, even while consistently exploring different corners of roots rock and folk. Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s latest bolsters a solid cast, including Chicago Underground Trio’s Rob Mazurek and Warmer Milks collaborator/brother Paul. Beware departs from recent releases, replacing the intimacy of Master and Everyone with Flying Burrito Brothers-style honky-tonk and a general Nashville swagger. Nowhere is this more evident than “Beware Your Only Friend” and “You Don’t Love Me,” both featuring lush layers of steel guitar, horns and twangy melodic pop. Oldham packs a couple of surprises that showcase the depth of his songwriting. Despite the fact that his catalog tends to get lumped in with indie rock, Beware is unequivocally a slow-burning, tear-in-your-beer country record.