Apocalypse - Bill Callahan
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  • Summary: The seven-track album is the third studio release for the singer-songwriter since dropping the name Smog.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 20, 2011
    Credit Callahan then not just for his latest vision, but for how he done it.
  2. Apr 27, 2011
    Callahan's made plenty of fine albums-some of which boast higher highs than this one-but Apocalypse is such a satisfying and downright elegant listen because of its commitment to a narrative arc; as soon as it ends and you step back, the album takes the shape of a remarkably complete thought.
  3. Apr 7, 2011
    Callahan continues to be a nature's poet, painting his imagery with the most carefully detailed observations of the everyday.
  4. Apr 7, 2011
    Like the best singer/songwriters, Callahan is an English major's lyricist, and by deftly blending the personal, the political and the mythological, he again leaves us plenty to pore over.
  5. Apr 14, 2011
    This latest effort is more muted, but no less complete, with fabulous images of rustic solitude and existential dread married to smouldering country-rock.
  6. May 3, 2011
    Callahan's stripped away a good degree of the hooks present on Eagle, and in the process he's made a more serious (and, sure, self-serious) album. He's a talent prodigious enough to warrant a lateral move, and Apocalypse will find its rightful place in his 20-odd-years-long canon.
  7. May 3, 2011
    Throughout this solo effort--his fourth, for what it's worth--Callahan mumbles ever onward like a charmless, tranquillised version of Giant Sand's Howe Gelb. [Apr 2011, p.55]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 30, 2011
    This is my favourite since A River Ain't Too Much To Love, though I still really enjoyed the last couple. One Fine Morning is my highlight, bleeding out a sense of clarity that matches his apparent inspiration. Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2011
    A cynic could easily criticize Callahan, whether recording under the Smog moniker or this one, for a lack of emotional range. And I would definitely see where they're coming from. Not many songs seem to stray out of the sparse, repetitive music, ambivalent dread and laconic poetry that Callahan creates for his songs. If you dislike one Callahan song, chances are that you're going to dislike them all. Being an avid Smog-fan, I think this is like criticizing Kandinsky for only painting lines. If you really listen there are many nuances to Callahan's work, and what he lacks in hooks and traditional songwriting talents, he easily makes up for with his artistic persistence and unique style. Expand