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Smog - A River Ain't Too Much To Love

  by Geraint Jones

published: 19 / 4 / 2005



Smog - A River Ain't Too Much To Love
Label: Domino Records
Format: CD

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Lyrically engaging latest album from Bill Callahan aka Smog, which deserves to be regarded as one of the his best


Lyrically engaging from the outset, Bill Callahan’s confessional, more spoken than sung vocals, by turns mournful, deadpan and self-deprecating, never fail to connect. On 'A River Ain’t Too Much To Love', Smog’s umpteenth album since their initial cassette-only forays in t'he late 80s, they have crafted some of their best work to date. Superbly recorded at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio in Texas, the intimate, simple arrangements – essentially guitar, piano, violin and drums, envelop and entrance, Callahan’s distinctive vocals and phrasing reeling you in as if it’s you alone that he is singing to. And that’s a rare quality. His often dark, thought provoking and occasionally humorous worldview further draws you into his captivating songs. Not an album to put on in the background; find quality time to spend with it and you’ll be handsomely rewarded. A sombre understated gem that deserves to be regarded as one of Smog’s best.



Track Listing:-
1 Palimpsest
2 Say Valley Maker
3 The Well
4 Rock Bottom Riser
5 I Feel Like The Mother Of The World
6 In The Pines
7 Drinking At The Dam
8 Running The Loping
9 I'm New Here
10 Let Me See The Colts


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