Bill Callahan has released a number of truly great albums over the years, Knock Knock,
Dongs Of Sevotion, A River Ain't Too Much To Love, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
and Apocalypse. Dream River will go down as another one.
The arrangements on Dream River are both sublime and engaging. At first I thought they
were a bit bleak, I'm not sure why, but after spinning it a few times, they feel quite
His gentle strums, Matt Kinsey's electric guitar that keeps creeping in to great effect,
building the tension, the percussion from hand drums and brushes, fiddle, bass, organ and
Beth Galiger's chirping flute, they all contribute to music of depth and beauty.
And that voice...it's almost like a force of nature. He's developed an original way of
singing and is a master of making the lyrics stick with his slow, laconic delivery, with
short almost unnotable pauses...He has an unique gift for wordplay and phrasing, and
he can move you with the tiniest of gestures.
Standouts: Javelin Unlanding, Small Plane, Ride My Arrow, Summer Painter, Winter Road.
A river ain't too much to love,
that's how it seems,
but I woke on a whaleheart
on the river of dreams
and found myself gazing
at an eagle frozen in flight,
sewn to the sky,
it disappeared in the light.