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  1. Jul 21, 2013
    First of all, I should disclose that I'm a huge Bill Smog fan, and I love (almost) everything he's done. 'Rain On Lens' has a unique sound, my mate described it as "swamp songs", quite different from any of his previous or later works. The critic review by describes the album, both it's musical narrative and the artist, quite well, better than I could have, he's obviously a big follower of Bill's also. Yet I love it, and he doesn't, gave it a 3/10. The critic is absolutely spot-on when he says 'Rain On Lens' ain't no 'Doctor Came At Dawn', though few albums ever made by anyone could come close to Doctor's sparse, haunting, and stunningly intimate, baroque atmospherics. He falls down somewhat by panning 'Dongs Of Sevotion', another brilliant Bill Smog album, but that's a matter of personal opinion, I guess. Anyway, listen to Smog, I find it cathartic. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
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  1. There have been dark records by Chicagoan Bill Callahan. There have been wilfully obscure ones too, but there has never been one as single-mindedly dour as this.
  2. While it isn't his best work, Rain on Lens shows that Callahan is proving to be frustratingly hard to pin down, but capable of unleasing brilliance at any given time. [Nov 2001, p.94]
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    Dour, sub-Velvets melodies and droll, haiku-like lyrics tinged with desperation. [Sep 2001, p.110]