Thursday, December 01, 2011

STN Albums Of The Year no.50: Bill Callahan - Apocalypse

Apocalypse is the best Callahan album since Dongs Of Sevotion because it's his first since then to consistently find a happy medium between sparsely laconic singer-songwriter appeals and luxuriant filmic skewiffery. Given hints of Western wide prairie while remaining heavily on the alt side of country, the arrangements have been pared back while the story songs are allowed to develop over a longer timeframe, thinking nothing of deviating from feedback guitar to minimalist spaciousness in the blink of an eye, or more accurately the switch of a lyrical conceit. Those lyrics remain a Callahan singularity, seeming streams of conscious that added up make for the most noir of fleshed out stories, both observantly fantastical and deeply personal.


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