- Summary: The debut solo release for the guitarist for Mercy Arms was produced by Kim Moyes.
- Record Label: XL
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Jul 17, 2013Throughout 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.
Jul 17, 2013Although 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.
Positive: 1 out of 1
Mixed: 0 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
Jan 25, 2014This 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… Expand
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