The Letting Go

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The Letting Go
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Studio album by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Released 19 September 2006
Recorded Reykjavík, Iceland
Genre Alternative country, folk rock
Label Drag City, Domino
Producer Valgeir Sigurðsson
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy chronology
Sings Greatest Palace Music
(2004)
The Letting Go
(2006)
Ask Forgiveness
(2007)

The Letting Go is an album by American musician Will Oldham, released under his moniker Bonnie "Prince" Billy. It was recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland and produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson, who is known for his work with the Icelandic artist Björk. This album's arrangement was done by Nico Muhly. Dawn McCarthy of Faun Fables also sings on the album.

The album's name comes from the last lines of the Emily Dickinson poem that starts "After a Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes."[1]

This is the hour of lead

Remembered if outlived,
As freezing persons recollect the snow,

First chill, then stupor, then the letting go.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club A[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
The Independent 4/5 stars[7]
Mojo 4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media 8.2/10[9]
Q 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media placed The Letting Go at number 195 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Comes to Me" – 4:31
  2. "Strange Form of Life" – 3:46
  3. "Wai" – 3:37
  4. "Cursed Sleep" – 5:35
  5. "No Bad News" – 4:45
  6. "Cold & Wet" – 2:21
  7. "Big Friday" – 2:43
  8. "Lay and Love" – 3:50
  9. "The Seedling" – 4:36
  10. "Then the Letting Go" – 5:19
  11. "God's Small Song" – 4:05
  12. "I Called You Back" – 7:53
  13. "Ebb Tide" – 5:14 (hidden track). Bonus track on some versions, "Untitled" on some versions.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hepburn, Peter (September 22, 2006). "Bonnie Prince Billy: The Letting Go". Cokemachineglow. Archived from the original on February 7, 2007. Retrieved May 10, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Reviews for The Letting Go by Bonnie "Prince" Billy". Metacritic. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ Bush, John. "The Letting Go – Bonnie "Prince" Billy". AllMusic. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ Murray, Noel (September 19, 2006). "Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Letting Go". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (September 15, 2006). "The Letting Go". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ Denselow, Robin (September 15, 2006). "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Letting Go". The Guardian. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ Gill, Andy (September 15, 2006). "Album: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy". The Independent. 
  8. ^ "Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Letting Go". Mojo (155): 102. October 2006. 
  9. ^ LeMay, Matt (September 18, 2006). "Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Letting Go". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Letting Go". Q (243): 125. October 2006. 
  11. ^ Modell, Josh (October 2006). "Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Letting Go". Spin. 22 (10): 94. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Letting Go". Uncut (113): 102. October 2006. 
  13. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009.