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An under-recognized pioneer of the lo-fi revolution, Smog was essentially the alias of one Bill Callahan, an enigmatic singer/songwriter whose odd, fractured music neatly epitomized the tenets and excesses of the home-recording boom. Melancholy, poignant, and self-obsessed, Callahan's four-track output offered a peepshow view into an insular world of alienation and inner turmoil, his ... Read more in Amazon's Smog Store

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  • Audio CD (23 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00005NNEO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rain on Lens 1 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Song 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Natural Decline 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Keep Some Steady Friends Around 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dirty Pants 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lazy Rain 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Short Drive 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Live As If Someone Is Always Watching You 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rain on Lens 2 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Revanchism 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Adult Contemporary singer-songwriter BILL CALLAHAN returns with another love-and-loss classic. Rain On Lens is a unique soundtrack for the new depression and SMOG's strongest effort since 1993'sWild Love.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite Smog album since THE DOCTOR COMES AT DAWN. After the tuneful trio of RED APPLE FALLS, KNOCK KNOCK and DONGS OF SEVOTION, this is a return to monochrome lo-fi, and all the better for it. At first it seems wilfully nihilistic, but soon reveals itself to be thrillingly misanthropic, nowhere more so than on the album's stand-out track, Short Drive. The album is like a beautiful painting some child has scribbled over. I absolutely love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By klaher on 28 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the more frustrating Smog/Bill Callahan albums. Released in 2001, with the addition of parentheses () it finds them/him moving away from the country sound of the Puke EP. The title track is a short intro which creates a pleasing foreboding atmosphere, but what follows is a series of `plod-along' tracks which are fine in themselves but a whole album of them gets very repetitive. Each track kind of melds into the next one, and most of them go on far too long at 4 or 5 minutes, with little variation and no choruses.

As I said, there's nothing wrong with any of these mechanised, grinding tracks, but a whole album of them gets a little dull. Dirty Pants is one of the stronger tracks, kicking off with what sounds like a metal hammer knocking in some nails and then some low-slung growling guitar, but this one actually evolves with a nice violin part in the middle. Lazy Rain isn't bad either, a Velvet Underground style tale of walking home in the early hours to be greeted by a waiting (waking) female.

Probably one of the best things about this album is some of the titles. Live As If Someone Is Always Watching You isn't quite as good a song as it is a title, it's a little more at ease, more stripped down than some of the others, and final track Revanchism I can only surmise is something to do with `revanche' which I gather is French for revenge. This track is almost jaunty, with some horns, and a couple of stops and starts which makes it at least more attention grabbing than the rest of the album.

If this was the first Smog album I had heard I probably wouldn't have pursued any others.

Ideal circumstances to listen: On a, yes, rainy day walking down a dark stifling tunnel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Still on 18 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
Red Apple falls was the first sign that Bill Callahan had big tunes within him aswell as big feelings well expressed lyrically. Knock Knock threw those big tunes out with such gusto that you wondered where he'd been hiding them. Dongs of Sevotion did not quote match it, but no-one was surprised, coming as it did, so soon after Knock Knock. It was still good though. Now Rain on Lens, and Bill has put his Smog pseudonym inside brackets. Dunno if this is representatove of his frame of mind, but he has also stepped back to supressing all the passion from his songs. The sexy sassiness of songs like "Dress sexy at my funeral" are gone, just bitter exposed bones of songs without the soul he had been showing. The raw strength of Callahan is still there, but the tunes have gone astray again. Never mind, it was fun while it lasted and he still frays the nerves like no-one else, so I'll accept this and hope he finds some light in his life again sometime soon.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Genius Eyes on 16 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
I think that the first couple of reviewers are way off the mark....perhaps they'd be more happy listening to someone a bit more conventional....Rain On Lens I think is his best album. There is not one bad track on the LP. It quickly became one of my favourite albums of all time and still is. I have witnessed townie/pop music/hip-hop fans listen to this album and all been won over by the sheer perfection, from the singing to the bass, the lyrics to the production. Maybe the people who are after "big songs", or whatever that means, would be better off with Wilco or something like that....The BEST SMOG LP!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
The prolific Bill Callahan, singer and mastermind behind Smog, has released an album every twelve months for the last few years. His workrate hasn't hindered the quality of his music thus far, but Rain on Lens sounds like the end of a magical spell. Callahan's oblique songwriting often veers between bitterness and wry humour whilst holding a spell over the listener. Nowhere on Rain on Lens is a song that reaches the exquisite highlights of Smog's last three records. Its songwriting simply lacks the sophistication of earlier work. If Rain on Lens disappoints lyrically, its music is also uneven. 'Short Drive', 'Song' and 'Lazy Rain' all suffer from the sheer repetition of their arrangements. The spare sonic palette that graced Dongs of Sevotion has been replaced by a fuller production that robs the classic Smog sound of its subtlety and intrigue. There are few musical surprises here. However, the album does have its better moments; 'Dirty Pants' oozes a gritty tension adorned with a enticing string arrangement, whilst 'Live as though someone is always watching you''s plaintive guitars form a perfect backdrop for its wistful lyrics. Callahan's recent records have been perhaps the finest of his career; Rain on Lens, as hinted at by its title, feels like a muted, interim record; a band itself (like their new moniker) in parentheses.
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