Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show Of The World

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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show Of The World

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FormatCD & LP
Released
Catalogue WIGCD257
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The Wonder Show of the World is the first album to see Oldham crediting the Cairo Gang, aka Emmett Kelly and Shahzad Ismaily, as headline performers, though the pair contributed to previous long-players The Letting Go (2006), Lie Down in the Light (2008) and last outing proper, Beware. It's a move supported by the recordings here, rich as they are with evident examples of essential support from these previously bit-part players.

Ismaily provides not only bass but also vocals; Kelly, meanwhile, is regularly dominant in the mix, his nimble guitar work gracefully complementing Oldham's warmly familiar, cracked but colourful croon. As his syllables waver, Ismaily's drift into focus, and this dynamic, subtle though it is, is superbly realised.

1 Troublesome Houses
2 Teach Me to Bear You
3 With Cornstalks or Among Them
4 The Sounds Are Always Begging
5 Go Folks, Go
6 That's What Our Love Is
7 Merciless and Great
8 Where Wind Blows
9 Someone Coming Through
10 Kids
LabelDomino
Filed Under Country & Americana