A horrible hack

Young Widows - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy


Year Released: 2009
Format: 7"
Label: Temporary Residence
Reviewed by Danny Parsons on Sep 22, 2009
This is the first in a series of 4 splits from Young Widows. Each split features a B-side from another band as you’d assume. Collect 4 of the splits and you can put the covers together to form a great big colourful skull! Yay! Pretty neat. First up is Young Widows with ‘King of the Back-Burner’ and it’s actually pretty good. Quite angular and seated perfectly at the sparse end of the math spectrum. The lyrics confound me though. The vocalist witters on about a horses mouth or something. Bizarre. Good song though. The B-side of this split is ‘Poor Shelter’ by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. It’s a pretty odd pairing of bands and I don’t usually enjoy this chap but it’s not a bad song by anyone’s standards. Nice acoustic guitarage with lots of ‘la’s’ over the top. It’s a bit sad-face but nevertheless an enjoyable track. This is worth checking out if you’ve ever feigned an interest in either of these artists.

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