The Letting Go (studio album) by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

The Letting Go by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Year: 2006
Release date: 2006-09-19
Overall rank: 3,544th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 76 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 2006 (69th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (643rd)
Award Best albums of all time (3,544th)
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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy bestography

The Letting Go is ranked 2nd best out of 23 albums by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is I See A Darkness which is ranked number 919 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,019.

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The Letting Go track list

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 76 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.7/100, a mean average of 78.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 11.6.

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From 03/26/2017 21:14
Will Oldham should really have changed his moniker again for this one. Because he's all grown up. This is no longer Will channeling a Bonnie "Prince" Billie to sing about the darkest recesses of his soul. This is just Will. Producing some of the best mature country & indie rock songs about love and hurt out there. These songs stand on their own without any of that drama and theater that our boy Will is sort of known for. And the harmonies with Dawn McCarthy are simply dead on. In a lot ways this may be the best album of Oldham's career. It’s certainly more consistent than his better known work I See A Darkness.

Grade: A. Super solid mature country/indie rock album that holds up well to multiple replays. These are timeless songs that are perhaps the best of Will’s impeccable & prolific career. I like this even more than No Other so this moves all the way up to number three.
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From 07/17/2015 16:04
Really something spectacular. None of the trappings of the indie folk that had become so common at this point.
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From 05/07/2015 22:56
Will Oldham goes to Iceland, and write this stunning record with the help of the smooth voice of Dawn McCarthy.
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