Will Oldham

Patience/Take However Long You Want

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Though you can take the boy out of the country much easier than you can take the country out of the boy, Will Oldham's first official solo single since shedding the Palace aegis does herald some subtle differences and nuances from his previous work. The A-side "Patience" boasts a simplicity and intimacy absent from previous releases -- showcasing only Oldham's voice and acoustic guitar, it also forgoes Grand Guignol drama in favor of much more plainspoken lyrics. "Take However Long You Want" is even more musically primitive, though its message carries much more of Oldham's traditional emotional conflict.