A River Ain't Too Much to Love [VINYL]
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Top Customer Reviews
An excellent addition to any highly selective collection.
Maybe it's just me, but I continue to find this album a contemplative and meditative joy. Every song (with the exception of the tonal departure of Mother of the World) is beautiful, poderous and measured. Every song contains a thought worthy of thinking and thinking further. The album gives and gives, gently and teasingly, perhaps like the rivers that haunt and inhabit almost every song.
'Let me see the colts that will run next year. Show them to a gambling man thinking of the future.' A simple couplet that slow smoulders with the gentle folly of man. And the album is packed with that kind of subtlety. Maybe not for all people, and maybe a departure from the previous Smog catalogue, but, for me, the album is like a journey home through sunless green countryside. Beautiful and sad.
Lastly I'll mention the 'In The Pines' cover. It couldn't be further from Kurt Cobain's harrowed interpretation (which I love), but it couldn't be better for it. Smog's version is the one I find myself singing these days. Maybe it's another reminder that I'm crawling up the ladder of my 30s...?
One of the few artists/songwriters who can effortlessly make all my hair on my arms stand to attention with the simplest of melodies and the sparsenss of his deep voice.
and "Apocalypse" this is Bill Callahan's finest album.
Compared to some of his earlier work there is a real gentle tone to a lot of the songs,
and as always he comes up with those single lines that are strangely moving, like the
part in "Rock Bottom Riser" where he goes: "I saw a gold ring at the bottom of the river..."
He is one of very few artists who is capable of saying a lot with few words, and he has
that deep baritone, somewhere between talking and singing, that nails down the lyrics.
As everything else I write on Amazon, this is a simple recommendation, not a review,
and as the stars go, I sometimes find it difficult to decide on four or five stars. Strictly
speaking the full five stars ought to be reserved for the near faultless albums, where
the quality never drops, but on some albums the highlights carry so much weight that it feels
natural to give it 5 stars, even if the standard drops a little on a few songs.
Say Valley Maker, The Well, Rock Bottom Riser, Drinking At The Dam and Let Me See The
Colts are all GREAT songs, and the rest isn't too far behind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful collection of songs from the great Bill Callahan. It really doesn't get any better than this. Perfect from start to finish. A modern classic!Published on 11 July 2014 by M. Dixon
This was recommended by a friend and I wasn't at all disappointed. Dry (humoured) and wry but with an overall sense of sadness. Wonderful stuff.Published on 29 Feb. 2012 by Jason M. Webber
At this point in 2005 Bill Callahan had fully excised the `rock' from Smog's music. This album is not a radical departure from previous ones, however, Bill's voice has completely... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2010 by klaher
It only takes a minute for "A River Ain't Much To Love" to start rubbing me the wrong way. That's about the point when Bill Callahan starts singing. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2005 by EA Solinas