Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Most of the things that I love are pretty and dark at the same time. Park, if you will. Or not. Anyway, except for cheeseburgers, which are just awesome in every way, most things I love musicwise (examples, Radiohead, Burial, Bon Iver) and otherwise (examples, dystopia stories, black dresses, Glenn) are pretty and dark at the same time. This album fits right in to this sweeping personality generalization. Callahan's weird deep voice pushes along through lilting sweet little tunes and bittersweet memories, and the lyrics include such gems as "I ended up in search of...ordinary things...like how can a wave, possibly be? I started runnin, and the concrete turned to sand...I started runnin, and things didn't pan out as planned," from "Jim Cain." Another song begs, "show me the way, show me the way, show me the way, to shake a memory." I certainly hope he'll let me know if he ever figures that one out, but for now I'll just keep myself distracted by listening to this album over and over again.

Rating: 80%

7 comments:

Internet John said...

I wish I were a liger. It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed, bred for its skills in magic

laurie said...

Can I just say, I love that picture of you and Jack. It's so cute that he's trying to make the same mean face you are. That's just adorable.

Internet John said...

There's better ones on my facebook page.

Clyde said...

Callahan's lyrics are always terrific and he has the right voice for them; however, I usually don't like his choice of music. It's scratchy sounding (I'm not musical so I don't know how else to express it) and therefore irritating.

laurie said...

You should check out this one, Clyde, because the music is much smoother.

Chris said...

Sewn To The Sky and Julius Caesar. Two solid albums when he was recording as Smog.

(not) Brent Newland said...

this rev. was racist i think