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  1. Every track on Dongs of Sevotion is chock-full of some of the most poignant, disconcerting lyrics you should ever have to hear.
  2. An album of stark beauty and utter honesty.
  3. As his musical repertoire has expanded from minimalist folk to occasionally playful pop, so has his tolerance for the foibles of the flesh. 'Dongs Of Sevotion', from its silly title to its intermittent flashes of tenderness and humour, is the proof.
  4. At first listen, this album is downbeat minimalism à la Leonard Cohen, but it actually covers a lot of ground.
  5. Continues the musical evolution that was evident on last year's Knock Knock, with a collection that goes beyond Smog's standard home-alone-in-the-basement-with-a-four track-and-a-weird-mood aesthetic.
  6. A remarkably spare and focused collection?
  7. Callahan's songs occasionally lapse into banal rhyming patterns, but more often than not he masters the metaphor.

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  1. LeonardoF
    Jul 5, 2005
    10
    Lyrically and melodically brilliant.
  2. Kelly
    Nov 24, 2001
    10
    Bill Callahan is a very gifted musician and songwriter- each album is so different from the rest- he is constantly experimenting- any album Bill Callahan is a very gifted musician and songwriter- each album is so different from the rest- he is constantly experimenting- any album by Smog is great but my personal favorites are "Kicking a Couple Around" and "Knock, Knock" "Red Apple Falls and Wild Love" are excellent also. Collapse
  3. RyanC
    Feb 22, 2005
    9
    If the last track here doesnt make you stop what you are doing and feel a shiver, then you are possibly not human
  4. KevinK
    Apr 29, 2005
    9
    "Dongs of Sevotion" succeeds, despite its annoying title. Most fans of smog or (smog), will enjoy this release, as it combines some of the "Dongs of Sevotion" succeeds, despite its annoying title. Most fans of smog or (smog), will enjoy this release, as it combines some of the finer elements of "Knock Knock" and "Red Apple Falls". Lyrically, Bill Callahan is at his best with sardonic gems like "Dress Sexy At My Funeral" and "Permanent Smile". In short, fans of melody, cunning lyrics, or (smog) in general will find this album an enjoyable addition to their library. Expand
  5. ChrisL
    Feb 16, 2005
    8
    Brilliant. His best.