Review - Joya

Artist: Will Oldham

Will Oldham continues to explore the disaffected persona he developed under the Palace rubric -- not that there's anywhere left to take it. It's still the same near-death whisper/whine that occasionally rouses itself to the level of vague complaint. "Joya" is a little more well-developed than past efforts, with a garnishing second guitar and real drums instead of a drum machine. Since Oldham sticks to his little patch of joyless ground with an almost Puritanical steadfastness, you'll barely notice.

At worst Oldham can be a little precious; even the lyric sheet is offered up with a too-hip-to-bother sigh, in homely type with penned-in corrections and 10 of the 12 songs left untitled. The imaginative listener may be moved to flesh out his motifs of druggy remorse, homoerotic fantasy and the last vestiges of a burdensome religion into something meaningful. Personally, I no longer think it's worth the bother, but if that's your idea of a good time then go for it.

WE LOVE OUR READERS!

Since 1990, Orlando Weekly has served as the free, independent voice of Orlando, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming an Orlando Weekly Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today because you love us, too.

Scroll to read more Music Stories + Interviews articles

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.