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  • Vinyl (28 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0000019QC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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within the vast amount of smog albums i would rate this in the top three along with 'red apple falls' and 'knock knock' ..with this one maybe my favourite. a lot of the songs are short and snappy (e.g. 'bathroom floor' and 'emperor'). All songs contain raw emotion, with clever lyrics and (dark)humour throughout.
highlight tracks for me would be 'be hit' and 'limited capacity' containing my fave smog line "..i've painted myself into a corner again ..'cause i didn't like the colour of my floors ..after you walked all over them"
all songs are great and musically there's a lot there as well.
the dark poet, i would compare morrissey to teenagers to what smog is to an older crowd.
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This 1995 album really shows how twisted, brooding and hilarious Bill Callaghan can really be. Whilst not up to the (impossibly high) standards of his Dongs of Sevotion, Knock Knock, and Red Apple Falls albums, it's still a cracker. The opening track 'Bathysphere' ranks near the top of his greatest work. Callaghan's subdued delivery lets him wrongfoot the listener in sometimes spectacular fashion (see 'Be Hit'), and when he goes off into the realm of the really out-there ('Prince Alone in the Studio') Smog can baffle, intrigue and sweep you off your feet like few others.
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Except for the brilliant "Bathysphere" there is nothing else
on "Wild Love" that compares to Smog/Callahan's best work.
If you're a newcomer to Smog you should rather pick up
"A river ain't too much to love", "Dongs of sevotion",
"Knock Knock", "Sometimes I wish we were an eagle",
or "Apocalypse", all GREAT albums.
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This is one of Bill Callahan's earlier albums. Released in 1995, it's notable for the fact that cello features in a few of the tracks. The opening track Bathysphere, is a kind of creepy song about how when he was seven he wanted to live at the bottom of the sea, which is real "shut me away from the world" stuff. The title track follows. It's just over a minute and a half long and it continues the same vein, the only line being `wild love, somebody shot down my wild love', sung with unbearable tension over harrowing cello.

Many of the tracks are under 2 minutes long, though some are little more than dodgy experiments (Sweet Smog Children, The Emperor, The Candle) with strange plinks and plonks, scraped strings. Limited Capacity has a touch of Arab Strap about it, without the vulgar lyrics.

It's Rough is a slightly more substantial song, albeit based around 2 chords on an electric guitar. Sleepy Joe roughs things up a little with distorted guitar over a piano led song. It's quite repetitive, like a lot of the songs on this album.

Be Hit is a good little tune, strummed on a barely in tune acoustic guitar, a bit like Beck in his acoustic moments, though the subject matter is disturbing (girls wanting to be hit, and they left him `cos I wouldn't do it'). Prince Alone in the Studio is either very weird, hilarious or a combination of these. It's probably the most dramatic song here with a descending guitar line and careful pauses for effect after each line, and definitely the longest at seven minutes. He's helped by backing vocals from Cynthia Dall, and the track even has a false ending! Though it's definitely not Smog's greatest collection of songs, there's a strange ramshackle charm to it.
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Alternatively, you may already know that Wild Love is the last of Bill's truly great records, & that it's successor - the austere The Doctor Came At Dawn - signaled a sharp decline in his output, offset briefly by the marvelous Red Apple Falls. If you're " a newcomer to Smog", make your first purchase one of those 2 albums. Wild Love remains an essential purchase for "It's Rough" & "Prince Alone In The Studio", 2 of the finest Smog songs to date. Hereafter, pickings are slim, my friend... tread carefully, & spend wisely.
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