By Scott Schinder
Updated May 02, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

This ever-shifting ensemble, Lost Blues and Other Songs, delivers frontman of Palace Music Will Oldham’s laments of dread and despair with a looseness that belies his jarring lyrical directness. On these early singles, outtakes, and oddities, the music consistently underlines Oldham’s connection to the American-gothic traditions he invokes. B+