Beware (album)

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Studio album by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Released 17 March 2009
Genre Americana,, indie folk
Label United States Drag City
United Kingdom Domino
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy chronology
Lie Down in the Light
The Wonder Show of the World
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Drowned in Sound (4/10) [3]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [4]
The New York Times [5]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10) [6]
PopMatters (4/10) [7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [8]
Spin 3.5/5 stars [9]
The Skinny 3/5 stars [10]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars [11]
Toro (7.5/10) [12]
Uncut 4/5 stars [13]

Beware is a studio album by singer-songwriter Will Oldham, released on March 17, 2009, on Drag City. The album is Oldham's seventh under the name Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Beware was recorded in October 2008 at Engine Studios in Chicago, IL. This album showcased a more upbeat and less melancholic side to Bonnie Prince Billy's music, with the artist attributing this to 'having found love' in a monologue to an audience on the album's subsequent tour. It was engineered by Neil Strauch and Will's backing band included Josh Abrams of Town & Country, Jennifer Hutt, Emmett Kelly of the Cairo Gang band, and Michael Zerang of Peter Brötzmann's and Ken Vandermark's jazz-combos. Guest artists included Leroy Bach (ex-Wilco), Jon Langford (of the Mekons, Waco Brothers), Greg Leisz, Rob Mazurek (of Chicago Underground Duo, Isotope 217), Nicole Mitchell, Azita Youssefi and others.


Critical response to Beware! was generally favorable and positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 74 ("Generally favorable reviews"), based on 32 professional reviews, and the average user rating for the album is 8.5 (out of 10) based on 12 users' votes.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Will Oldham.

  1. "Beware Your Only Friend" – 4:01
  2. "You Can't Hurt Me Now" – 3:42
  3. "My Life's Work" – 3:53
  4. "Death Final" – 3:01
  5. "Heart's Arms" – 3:26
  6. "You Don't Love Me" – 3:09
  7. "You Are Lost" – 2:55
  8. "I Won't Ask Again" – 4:26
  9. "I Don't Belong to Anyone" – 3:15
  10. "There Is Something I Have to Say" – 3:19
  11. "I Am Goodbye" – 2:21
  12. "Without Work, You Have Nothing" – 3:45
  13. "Afraid Ain't Me" – 4:49
  • Tracks 12–13 were only available on the initial pressing and have been removed from subsequent pressings. These tracks have been released as a digital download single and the new eleven-track version of Beware! has an alternative cover. These changes were instigated by Will Oldham who felt that I Am Goodbye is more suitable as the final track.[15]


Backing band[edit]

Special guests[edit]


  1. ^ "Beware by Bonnie "Prince" Billy". Metacritic. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Beware at AllMusic
  3. ^ Drowned In Sound review
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ New York Times review
  6. ^ Pitchfork review
  7. ^ Popmatters review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Spin review
  10. ^ The Skinny review
  11. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes Review Archived March 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Toro review
  13. ^ Uncut review[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy:Beware (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  15. ^ Alan Licht (Ed.) (2012), Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Faber and Faber Ltd., London, pp. 294-5. ISBN 978-0-571-25814-7.