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Bill Callahan is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog and (Smog). After almost 20 years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan switched to his given name for his releases after 2005's A River Ain't Too Much to Love. The 2007 EP Diamond Dancer and full-length Woke on a Whaleheart both mixed the intimate, ... Read more in Amazon's Bill Callahan Store

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  • Vinyl (13 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B001R4MENE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jim Cain
2. Eid Ma Clack Shaw
3. The Wind and the Dove
4. Rococo Zephyr
5. Too Many Birds
6. My Friend
7. All Thoughts Are Prey to Some Beast
8. Invocation of Ratiocination
9. Faith/Void

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stagger Lee on 25 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I, like many of the woefully ignorant record buying public out there, had allowed Bill Callahan (aka Smog) to slip under my music radar over the last few years. This, despite a prodigious output and much critical acclaim. Perhaps it was his reputation for revelling in misery or maybe it was the generally lo-fi genre which he inhabited that put me off. Whatever. His second solo outing, bought on the basis of a glowing Word magazine review has led me to a wonderful place inhabited by Callahan and his bittersweet lyrics.

It is no exaggeration to say that this is in fact a majestic record, shimmering with understated beauty and heartfelt sincerity. If that seems overblown, listen to My Friend without thinking of someone you have lost. Listen to Eid Ma Clack Shaw without wistfully reminiscing about times gone by (or being jolted by recollections you'd rather not have!). Listen to Too Many Birds and I defy you not to be blown away by the sparse but powerful imagery.

Somehow, it doesn't feel right to label a record with so many superlatives. My indie scepticism, hardened by the incessant hype surrounding the music industry, usually won't allow this level of unfettered adulation. But he deserves it, he truly does.

A magnificent record by a true auteur.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DrG on 17 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm a LONG time fan of Bill Callahan and I await each release with great anticipation. Having been slightly underwhelmed by Woke on a Whaleheart I can say with great glee that this is a FANTASTIC record. Full of HOPE and great music (strings! horns! strings!), it might even be his best offering. Believe it, believers. 100% Bill Callahan.

If you want to experiment with Bill Callahan / smog / (smog), this is a good a place to start as any, and is certainly among his most accessible recordings. I would also recommend Knock Knock and A River Ain't Too Much to Love.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Don Panik TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2009
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This is an excellent album - probably my favourite of 2009 so far. Bill Callahan has been around a long time under the Smog moniker and tends to produce low key albums that grow on you with more listens. This one struck me as more instantly impressive than his last outing, his rather dry delivery nicely contrasted by some excellent string arrangements. Well worth listening closely to the lyrics - some interesting and quirky takes on love and religion here. Intelligent indie music for discerning listeners I would say. If BC is new to you, reference points would be Lambchop meets Richard Hawley. If you are already a fan then this will exceed your expectations. And that's praise indeed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I struggled with this album for a while and I am not certain why. Smog has passed me by and I hope to use "Sometimes I wish we were an eagle" as a door which will open to some very rich treasures. If Bill Callahan albums are anything as good as this a massive treat is in store.

He sings in what is low yet melodic baritone voice and its both gentle and atmospheric but with a deceptive hard edge. First song "Jim Cain" reminds me of Kurt Wagner from Lambchop and the superb "Saturday option" from "What a man spills". Its slow and incremental but once it get its hooks into you it stays with you. The lyrics are quite funny as Callahan admits that "I started out in search of ordinary things ... I started telling the story without knowing the end. I used to be darker, then I got lighter, then I got dark again."

"Wind and the Dove" has an eastern coda that runs through its introduction and then goes into a deep melody with Callahan spoken lyrics to a bitter but beautiful love lament. It is followed by equally strong songs including "Too Many Birds" and what passes for an upbeat song on this album "My Friend" underpinned by wonderful orchestration and beautiful deep cellos.

The albums masterpiece however is "All thoughts are prey to some beast". It charts a dark journey in consciousness and how his desires eventually return but not until a moment when he recognises

"Then something struck him, wings of bone
Sweet desires and soft thoughts were all gone
The eagle shrieked, "I'm alone"

"All thoughts" is followed by a rather weak instrumental but the album ends on a high with the long and gentle Faith/Void where Callahan walks away from religion announcing "its time to put God away".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee PhD on 15 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I didn't know John Wayne was a singer - but if he sounds like this I'm off to buy his back catalogue now.

For those who know Callahan's music, this is an excellent addition to your collection, better formed than Whaleheart (and the Smog one before that which was 'OK') Faith/Void, Old Ma are both superb and really get into your spirit in terms of atmosphere. The cover art is beautiful and Callahan's voice hasn't sounded better.

This is much better than 'Beware' and Callahan seems to be focused on creating a CD that will be played for a long time from now, rather than genre jumping. Having said that, Bonnie P B was amazing live at the Festival hall last month, let's see how Callahan is in July in Islington.

Well worth your time to get to love this classic.
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