Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolves
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #167 / 332
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
Liked by 3 people
April 30, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Drag City / Label
Folk, Americana / Genres
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Matt Sweeney / Primary Artists
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Spectrum Culture
Defying the odds with an even better LP than the one that preceded it 16 years ago, Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy fire on all cylinders to create the kind of music that engages hearts and minds.
80
Mojo

Superwolves – like the best of the Bill and Billy songcycle – suggests that, far from going on hunger-strike to protest the non-availability of organic food in prison, the Shaman of alt-country might still have it in him to found a new republic in the ruins of Capitol Hill.

80
Uncut
It's the quieter, more solemn back half of this long album ... that finds them leaning on each other like best unbeaten brothers.
80
Loud and Quiet

It’s when Oldham and Sweeney are operating as one that Superwolves shows its class.

80
AllMusic

Much like Superwolf many years before it, Superwolves is at its most powerful in its calmest, most clearly articulated moments.

80
Pitchfork
Their bond is so deep, and their knowledge of one another is so profound, it’s essentially impossible to hear the boundary between them.
76
Beats Per Minute
The sequel’s gentle acceptance of the world and all therein allows something thought impossible on that first album: forgiveness. While the heroes of New Hollywood westerns died on the road, Sweeney and Oldham have made peace with their world.
70
Rolling Stone
Matt Sweeney's artfully gnarled guitar lines are still an ideal match for Will Oldham's ancient-feeling warble and lyrics.
70
God Is in the TV
This is an album that’s worth your time, full of the rewarding spirit of collaboration, freely delving into deep, un-dreamed of spaces with its honest, fluid, raw and human songwriting.
50
Under The Radar
They’re a highly complementary pair, but their contributions don’t meld in as casual and relaxed a manner as what made their now near-legendary, earlier team-up feel like a warm fleece blanket.
MasterCrackfox
75
Will Oldham has released music almost every year for three decades now, whether that be under Palace Brothers/Music in the early to mid 90's, one self titled album following this string, and from then on under his longtime moniker Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Matt Sweeny is just as accomplished, not only through his various projects (Chavez, Skunk, and the supergroup Zwan) but also his collaborations with an eclectic set of artists ranging from El-P to The Dixie Chicks. The two have collaborated on ... read more
pressrg
81
Drag City Project #6 — B'P'B & Mat Sweeney

Sixteen years on, Will and Matt's follow-up to Superwolf is the most glimmering, subtle, and altogether affecting album either has released in quite some time. Deft obvolutions along the guitar betrays a complex attunement of these two anything-but-new partners, these two apposite wayfarers, recorded with the careful atmospheric sweep of their cosmic passage. Moving performances and melodic precision make this a songwriting triumph, one of ... read more
dearsongs
78
Even if his voice is effortlessly sweet, Will Oldham never wants to make it easy on you and that's just not going to change.
SonicDiscovery
79
Singer-songwriter Will Oldham has crafted a long career as Bonnie “Prince” Billy that I am sadly unknown with, but I have did decided to start by check out his latest project Superwolves, which finds him collaborating once more with guitarist and singer Matt Sweeney. Their first collaboration Superwolf, was released over 15 years ago and it would be interesting to listen to that and hear what kind of mindset Oldham was in, because this new one has a large focus on becoming a father ... read more
Music_Nerds
35
‘Make Worry For Me’ lays low and creeps into my psyche. The second track is acoustic and the vocal shift into Americana is brutal 😐

Track three follows this effect but is slightly more tolerable and he says fuck one time which was kind of unexpected and funny in context of the song 😑
By track four I’ve forgotten how incredible track one felt drawing me in, this song is horrid. Track five oh man what the fuck is this??? The vocals are completely killing me.

I’ve ... read more
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Track List

  1. Make Worry for Me
  2. Good to My Girls
  3. God Is Waiting
  4. Hall of Death
  5. Shorty’s Ark
  6. I Am a Youth Inclined to Ramble
  7. My Popsicle
  8. Watch What Happens
  9. Resist the Urge
  10. There Must Be a Someone
  11. My Blue Suit
  12. My Body Is My Own
  13. You Can Regret What You Have Done
  14. Not Fooling
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Added on: February 9, 2021