Bonnie “Prince” Billie's latest eight song LP, Ask Forgiveness (Drag City) was out yesterday in stores. It includes covers of Björk, Frank Sinatra, Danzig, Mickey Newbury, Phil Ochs, The Mekons, and streaming below, R. Kelly. Will Oldham's uncanny ability to turn what should be satire into honest, supple interpretations makes us slightly uncomfortable, and we're still picking through it to spot the irony we instinctively have to find there. Right? I mean look at him.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "The World's Greatest" (R. Kelly cover)