Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

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Bill Callahan: <em>Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle</em>

Smog lifted, Callahan's lively storytelling inspires wonder

For two decades, Bill Callahan has been a musical shape-shifter, mostly working under the cloak of his Smog moniker until the release of 2007’s exuberant Woke on a Whaleheart. Continuing undisguised on his latest album,&nbsp;Callahan offers full, round songs of easy beauty that wax and wane around his viscous baritone.&nbsp;On “All Thoughts Are Prey To Some Beast,” electrocution punctuates the narrative progression,&nbsp;the song’s intimations exerting a surprising gravity.&nbsp;Callahan uses first-person narrators on Eagle as he often did as Smog, but now enlivens their stories with wrenching, wonderful sentiments: Protagonists divorce themselves from God, plead for painful memories to be cleaved from their consciousnesses and long for the return of “sweet desire and soft thoughts.”&nbsp;Eagle&nbsp;is the ultimate cohesion of Callahan’s singular storytelling and bewitching delivery.&nbsp;

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