Have Fun with God - Bill Callahan
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  • Summary: Bill Callahan's 2013 album Dream River is remixed with inspiration from 1970s dub and Jamaican music.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Blues, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 12, 2014
    80
    It’s a testament to how much Callahan has evolved that an album under his name can exist with his vocals largely absent. The productions have become as much of the imagery as his songwriting.
  2. Jan 21, 2014
    75
    Though hardly essential for anyone but hardcore fans, it's a solid stab at the subgenre.
  3. Feb 7, 2014
    70
    Even if Have Fun With God occasionally meanders or strips its source material back a little too far, its value lies in the way it extends the course of Dream River (which itself sounds like a continuation of Callahan's 2011 magnum opus, Apocalypse)
  4. Jan 21, 2014
    60
    While much of Have Fun with God will be reserved for Smog and Callahan superfans, or those who loved Dream River so deeply they'd need to hear it in dub, casual listeners will find something to ponder in the mumbling percussion, deep basslines, and scattershot echo vocals of tunes like "Expanding Dub."
  5. Feb 12, 2014
    60
    Perhaps the most that can be said for Have Fun With God is that it is reverent of its exceptional source material.
  6. Jan 30, 2014
    60
    As it is, Have Fun With God is never less than listenable but seldom more than vaguely pleasant. [Feb 2014, p.44]
  7. Jan 21, 2014
    40
    Compared to Dream River, Have Fun with God sounds like a featureless expanse of echoing congas, with the artist occasionally rising from the depths to sing something that doesn't make sense.

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