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Bill Callahan: Apocalypse

Graeme Thomson, Uncut, May 2011

LAST YEAR Bill Callahan described his two most recent albums to Uncut as "sturdy" and "direct". After almost two decades working as Smog, moving from scratchy lo-fi to Will Oldham-style country gothic, the first records released under his own name, Woke On A Whaleheart (2007) and Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (2009) seemed to ascend into the light. The arrangements on …Eagle in particular were graceful things, underpinned with strings and horns, while the songs were focused and structured.

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