On Greatest Palace Music, Oldham revisits his most popular "hits." But instead of the loose production of his history, the 15-song retrospective sparkles with Nashville fidelity, employing an impressive lot of studio sidemen and (dare we say) a commercial sensibility. It’s even in tune! The luscious treatment serves Oldham’s songwriting perfectly, and though there are some standouts ("New Partner," "Agnes, Queen of Sorrow") the entire collection is a stunning reminder of Oldham’s singular voice. When it comes to a close, with a western-swinging, sing-along version of "I am a Cinematographer" it feels good to reunite with Oldham. His voice may be slightly unfamiliar, and he may have ditched his thrift store outfits for a slick Nudie suit, but damn, Will, it’s good to see you again.
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