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I See A Darkness (album) by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 

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I See A Darkness
I See A Darkness by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (1999)
Overall rank: 726th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 290 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1999 (19th)
Top albums of the 1990s (149th)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (726th)

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I See A Darkness is ranked as the best album by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 290 votes)
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60/100
From wooolf 09/19/2017 10:08
Overly soft and emotional music gets on my nerves..
Vocals aren't very solid. Too fragile to my taste. Don't like the 2 voices singing together in an 'incoherent' way.
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95/100
From LedZep 08/13/2017 00:20
Cash's version of the title track introduced me to this masterpiece. Both Cash's version and the original are some of the best songs I've ever heard, and the whole album is devastating beauty
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From CanadianGuy 03/21/2017 00:24
One of my friend introduced me to this album and I'll never be able to thank him enough.
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From buzzdainer 08/29/2016 14:16
Like many not-so-savvy music listeners, I didn't become fully aware of Will Oldham's greatness as a songwriter until I heard Johnny Cash's devastating version of the title track from this album. That's partly because I had written off Oldham after being unimpressed with some of the deliberately out-of-tune cutesiness of his work with his various incarnations with "Palace" in the name (Palace, Palace Music, Palace Brothers, etc.). But this album is terrific. It still has some of the shaggy-dog earnestness of his earlier work, but with an added maturity and just plain better singing. The title track is desperately beautiful, of course, and so is the distortion-driven, seafaring dirge "Madeleine-Mary."
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85/100
From MrBrown 06/22/2016 16:52
This is a pretty depressing album but it can also be really beautiful at points, although the middle of this album gets a bit slow. Minor Place is my favourite song.
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From Juneof44 04/04/2016 23:11
A delicate album about depression, whispered by an inspired Will Oldahm.
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From yonstein414 01/20/2016 17:13
Arresting, funny, immediate, and powerful songwriting.
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From benjilive 09/24/2015 21:54
A solemn masterpiece
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From HoldenM 10/31/2014 09:29
Fucking masterpiece. A soul-wrenching work of genius.
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From replacementlevel 07/30/2013 19:55
This is probably my favorite album at the moment. There's a detachment through most of the album that makes Billy's despair somehow uplifting. Then "Raining in Darling" makes you need to listen to the whole thing again.
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