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  • Summary: The debut solo release for the guitarist for Mercy Arms was produced by Kim Moyes.
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  • Record Label: XL
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 26, 2013
    This one will grow and reward with every new listen, as you get to know the troubled character behind the barbed words.
  2. Jul 17, 2013
    Throughout it all, his rich, lived-in baritone, which can go from a funereal dirge to a supernatural caterwaul in a matter of seconds, delivers the goods like the world's most demented herald, but even at his most fevered, he remains such an engaging figure, that it's nearly impossible to look away from the scene of the crime, even as the blood begins pooling around the listeners' feet.
  3. 80
    Although at times Embracism feels like a meandering listen or musical stream of consciousness, Callinan’s songwriting skills have allowed him to find cohesion throughout its ten songs, a consistency that a less engaging personality certainly wouldn’t have struck upon.
  4. Jul 17, 2013
    You get the sense of an artist whose songwriting potential hasn’t been maximized, as Callinan’s got the vocal chops to keep Embracism interesting throughout.
  5. Embracism is a record that’ll grab you and bring you close, but also one that won’t hesitate to push you away with a gut punch and expect you to take it like a man.
  6. 70
    A mix of Trent Reznor and Patrick Wolf, he’s both an industrial piledriver and theatrical show-off, making this debut record disorientating, confusing and exciting.
  7. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2013
    Embracism is like a night in a dingy club with someone you've just met reeling through emotions with each additional drink. [Sep 2013, p.99]

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  1. Jan 25, 2014
    This is my favorite album of 2013, hands down. Callinan's blend of unusual styles and aggressive, energetic vocals make this an album that,This is my favorite album of 2013, hands down. Callinan's blend of unusual styles and aggressive, energetic vocals make this an album that, for me, is impossible to put down. It may take a few listens to really get into it, but this album is so experimental, so ORIGINAL, and full of such unique and great songwriting that it is entirely worth your time. From what I can only describe as "really aggressive electronic with a singer that sounds like an angry Bruce Springsteen" on songs like the title track Embracism and Come On USA, Callinan treats us to more emotional guitar driven tracks like Victoria M., Chardonnay Sean, and Landslide. The closer, Love Delay, is my favorite song of 2013 and one of my favorites of all time. Starting with nothing but quick, short guitar chords and vocals, this song begins with a tenseness that, when the song really takes off, sends shivers up my spine. I absolutely love this album. Give this thing a chance. If you can get past Callinan's rough exterior, you may find an album that grabs you emotionally more than you ever thought it could.


    Track Picks: Embracism, Come On USA, Chardonnay Sean, Landslide, Love Delay