Come In/Trudy Dies

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Notably more defined and robust than previous Palace outings, the "Come In"/"Trudy Dies" single captures the polarizing emotional extremes of Oldham's singular vision, juxtaposing fragile, poignant sincerity against punishing, overripe morbidity. After so many tales of incest, alcoholism, and hellfire, "Come In" proves positively revelatory -- never before (or arguably since) has Oldham's high, fractured voice seemed so truly gentle and empathetic as on this brief and deceptively simple final farewell. "Trudy Dies" is conversely so grim, so relentlessly melancholy, that its portrait of a widower's torment verges on the ridiculous -- it's probably a masterpiece, but just try washing the acrid taste from your mouth after it's done.