Bill Callahan
Woke on a Whaleheart

Drag City
Reviewed by: Todd Hutlock
Reviewed on: 2007-04-23

Posted 04/23/2007 - 10:16:40 AM by florenz6:
 At the beginning, i had a similar impression, but, as time went by, Bill Callahan´s new CD became my favourite jogging companion. I don´t think that his sound is buried in the production. For me, it´s "B", simple as that. But, of course, it doesn´t come close to his three master pieces, "Red Apple Falls", "Knock Knock" and "A River Ain´Too Much To Love". That´s the essence of Mr. Callahan!
Posted 04/23/2007 - 10:53:35 AM by Richie_A:
 I don't think the production submerges him either.. I see it as a progression from the backwoodsy Americana of his last Smog album to the slightly more widescreen feel on this one.. It does feel like an uncomfortable hybrid for the first couple of listens but it starts to feel right eventually.
Posted 04/23/2007 - 11:26:01 AM by hutlock:
 I debated heavily between giving this a B- or a C+, but in the end, that "uncomfortable hybrid" feeling that Richie_A mentions never went away for me. If I'm interpreting correctly, both of you felt the same as I did on first (few?) listens, right? I played it three or four times when I first got it, sat it down for a few weeks, then came back to it a few more times and I had the same reaction. I'll say it did get better after I left it alone for a while though. It never did get to feel "right" to me. And bear in mind that a C+ is still technically "better than average." I just think that the production doesn't serve the songs here at all. But hey, I say toMAYto you say toMAHto, right?
Posted 05/09/2007 - 05:26:59 AM by terrorist:
 wrong. when you say toMAYto all we're hearing is someone who got it wrong and probably doesn't really understand Callahan in the first place all that well. might've been better to have someone else review this album. a C+ or whatever is fine, i got no donkey with that, it's your whole i played it a few times, left it for a few weeks etc cosh in place of a more piercing and insightful review that i cant truck