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  • Summary: The companion album to his book of the same name for the singer-songwriter features acoustic versions of 12 songs from his back catalogue.
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  1. Uncut
    Nov 15, 2018
    80
    This stripped-down set from the Palace/Bonnie songbook is a reminder of what a great singer Oldham has become. [Jan 2019, p.23]
  2. The Wire
    Nov 15, 2018
    80
    His music, which radiates humour, tenderness, frustration and audacity, remains seductively mysterious. [Dec 2018, p.54]
  3. Nov 15, 2018
    71
    Offering more than mere updates of classics, Songs of Love and Horror also showcases the depth of Oldham’s catalog through obscure tracks like the slow, haunted “Most People” and the previously unreleased “Party With Marty (Abstract Blues).”
  4. Nov 15, 2018
    70
    Half one is lovely folk, half two is slightly less even, slightly more idiosyncratic folk.
  5. Nov 15, 2018
    70
    There are songs that have defined Oldham (“Ohio River Boat Song,” the Johnny Cash-certified “I See A Darkness”), deep catalog items (“So Far and Here We Are,” “The Way”), and of course, being the charming kook he is, some curveballs.
  6. Mojo
    Nov 19, 2018
    60
    There's no arguing with the brilliance if New Partner or I See A Darkness, though the sweetness of Oldham's mature voice and the impressionistic arrangements tend to detract from their ominous gravity. [Jan 2019, p.84]
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