Arise Therefore is the fourth studio album by Will Oldham. It was released in 1996 under the moniker Palace Music, although sometimes credited simply to "Palace". The album features David Grubbs, Ned Oldham, and a Mayatone drum machine credited as "Maya Tone". It was recorded by Steve Albini at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

Arise Therefore
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 1996 (1996-04-29)
ProducerSteve Albini
Will Oldham / Palace chronology
Viva Last Blues
Arise Therefore

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Alternative Press5/5[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[3]
The Guardian     [4]
Mojo     [5]

Kurt Wolff of AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and praised the lyrics, calling them "beautiful in their stark, pale honesty as often as they are indecipherable."[1]

Track listingEdit

2."A Sucker's Evening"3:01
3."Arise, Therefore"4:05
4."You Have Cum in Your Hair and Your Dick Is Hanging Out"3:40
5."Kid of Harith"4:03
6."The Sun Highlights the Lack in Each"5:36
7."No Gold Digger"4:05
9."A Group of Women"3:04
10."Give Me Children"3:27
11."The Weaker Soldier"5:28


Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • David Grubbs – piano, organ
  • Ned Oldham – bass guitar, effected guitar, additional vocals
  • Will Oldham – vocals, electric guitar
  • Maya Tone – drums, percussion
  • Steve Albini – recording
  • John Golden – mastering
  • Gene Booth – artwork


  1. ^ a b Wolff, Kurt. "Arise Therefore – Palace Music". AllMusic. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Palace Music: Arise Therefore". Alternative Press (97): 82. August 1996.
  3. ^ Smith, Ethan (May 3, 1996). "Arise Therefore". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Sweeting, Adam (April 26, 1996). "Palace Music: Arise Therefore (Domino)". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Palace Music: Arise Therefore". Mojo: 100. Arise Therefore remains unsettled, uncanny, uplifting and sad, a phantom creation beyond the comprehension of even its creator.
  6. ^ "Palace Music: Arise Therefore". NME: 49. April 20, 1996.
  7. ^ Male, Andrew (June 1996). "Palace: Arise Therefore". Select (72): 99.
  8. ^ Young, Rob (July 9, 2012). "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy – reissues". Uncut. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2016.

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