🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Will Oldham

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Eurythmics get a high 2:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
David Berman 4.47
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Sparklehorse 4.29
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
J Dilla 4.23
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Dead Kennedys 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Bill Callahan 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Les Savy Fav 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
D’Angelo 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Grace Jones 4.05
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Fuck Buttons 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Shellac 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Broadcast 3.92
Dusty Springfield 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
DJ Shadow 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
The Blue Nile 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Jesus And Mary Chain 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Creedence Clearwater Revival 3.81
Aaliyah 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Patti Smith 3.79
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Spoon 3.76
Sparks 3.76
Missy Elliott 3.75
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The Wedding Present 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Air 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
The Antlers 3.63
Ty Segall 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Deafheaven 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Charli XCX 3.53
Eels 3.52
Half Man Half Biscuit 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
Wild Beasts 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
The Cribs 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Shins 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Converge 3.36
Metronomy 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Iron & Wine 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
The Futureheads 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Ian Dury 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Maxïmo Park 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Ride 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
Duran Duran 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
The xx 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
The Distillers 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
The Horrors 2.84
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
Eurythmics 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Nelly Furtado 2.68
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
N.E.R.D 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Ocean Colour Scene 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Phil Collins 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Jamiroquai 2.17
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Counting Crows 2.13
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Bryan Adams 2.00
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
Sir Rod Stewart 1.88
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Kaiser Chiefs 1.84
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Bruno Mars 1.79
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

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Just albums today, mainly because there are about 800 singles and I got bored of typing after this list

  • There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You
  • Days In The Wake
  • Viva Last Blues
  • Arise Therefore
  • Joya
  • I See A Darkness
  • Ease Down The Road
  • Master And Everyone
  • Sings Greatest Palace Music
  • Superwolf
  • The Brave And The Bold
  • The Letting Go
  • Wai Notes
  • Lie Down In The Light
  • Beware
  • The Wonder Show Of The World
  • Wolfroy Goes To Town
  • The Marble Downs
  • What The Brothers Sang
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
  • Singer’s Grave - A Sea Of Tongues
  • Fanatic Voyage
  • Best Troubadour
  • Wolf Of The Cosmos
  • Songs Of Love And Horror
  • I Made A Place
  • Superwolves
  • Blind Date Party

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Ooooooo tough one to rate. Responsible, in his prime, for four or five absolute 10/10 genius records but, post his prime, for a lot of very forgettable stuff as well…

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He’s younger than Will Nuham

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Good grief.

Tough choice between Letting Go and Viva Lost Blues for favourite albums. Going for The Letting Go as that was the one that really got me into him and ironically was probably his last great album.

About 15 years ago I’d have said a solid 5 but he had a string of really patchy albums and then I didn’t bother with anything new after that. Most of the stuff up to The Letting Go was great though. Maybe someone can flag up some newer stuff that impresses. Superwolves was pretty good actually.

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I love I See A Darkness and got quite into him in the early 2000s. I gave up keeping up with him a long time ago though, after trying a few that turned out to be a bit patchy. 3 from me.

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Think the last one I listened to properly was Superwolf, by that time my interest in him had dwindled and I thought it was okay but inessential. Really had no idea he had released so many albums since, and have no real inclination to investigate them. Still occasionally listen to I See A Darkness and Master and Everyone though. 3 from me.

Struggling at the moment obviously but hopefully after the takeover they can bounce back. Think there’s a typo in the title btw.

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One of the greatest songs of all time

But I’ve never been able to get into anything else of his apart from this song with tweeker.

So I don’t know.

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Is he a different guy to Bill Callahan?

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Took me a second to see what you did there :grinning:

He is - I’ve seen them both in the same place at the same time.

Picked up There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You as a completely blind Powercuts sale bargain (you’ll know if you are a certain age and lived in Manchester) and became pretty obsessed for all of the 90s and a fair bit of the 2000s.

Lost me when he started endlessly re-recording his own songs and doing cover versions. Pissed me off properly when I went to see him live and he played every song as a ‘jig’. I think there’s some ok stuff after Superwolf but it is definitely diminishing returns.

For anyone who loves the Palace era definitely check out the self titled Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy album. I think it was self released and just sold on tour initially so went totally under the radar and it’s great. I don’t know if it’s Palace era songs he held back or just a final expunging of that style but either way it’s great.

Also worth mentioning, as they aren’t in the list, the Hope mini LP and Lost Blues 2.

Joya tends to get forgotten about a bit for some reason as well and it’s wonderful - if you like I see a Darkness you’ll like that.

Arise Therefore gets my vote - utterly bleak, a tough listen that doesn’t give the listener an in but remarkably somehow ends with a small ray of light just breaking through a crack in the clouds.

Going 5 because even though he lost me a fair while ago now for nearly 15 years he made music that spoke to me and was pretty unique.

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4 for me. I was obsessed in the early days of Palace Brothers but looking at the list of albums there are at least half a dozen that I’ve never listened to - you can be too prolific.

He’s a 5 all day. Think he was the artist that really ignited my interest in “alt-country” when I heard “Death To Everyone” on a Melody Maker/NME cover CD. That run from Days In The Wake to The Letting Go is pretty flawless and there’s been plenty to love since then too, albeit interspersed with a lot of nothingness.

I’ve only seen him live a couple of times, but both have been lovely, if not for the shouty fanboys he seems to attract to his shows. I don’t want to hear your constant requests for rarities, guys and I certainly don’t want to hear you singing along.

Another couple of things worth mentioning that don’t feature on the album list are Blue Lotus Feet, which features “South Side Of The World” and “One With The Birds”, two amazing songs. And his cover of “The World’s Greatest”, if you can past who originally performed. I’m happy for Will to own it now.

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The highs are really fucking high but any time I’ve tried to get into a whole album I’ve struggled.

Maybe worth a 4 for this alone though

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Ease on down the road needs a lot more love.

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I liked him in Old Joy.

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He’s good in A Ghost Story as well