Saturday, March 11, 2017
Palace Music - Arise Therefore
After the leap forward of Viva Last Blues this is something of a regressive step. It's a sparse collection of songs with the prominent addition of a drum machine (!). Most of the songs simply have a slight rumbling bass, Will Oldham's whiny voice, drum machine and little else. Some of the highlights are the very muted A Sucker's Evening, and the title track, which features a welcome drop of guitar. No Gold Digger is probably the closest thing to any kind of 'proper' song with a kind of full sound on the album. On other tracks like Kid of Harith and Disorder, Oldham's fast-and-loose-with-any-form-
of melody vocals are inclined to grate. For the uninitiated, this is really no place to start!