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  • Summary: Previously known as Smog, Bill Callahan releases only the second album under his real name.
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  1. 100
    Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle is a record of grand hopes and epic imagery, and powerful, uplifting music--the most accomplished of his 20-year career. [Apr 2009, p.102]
  2. What makes Eagle so strong is that the music stayed light, and those bucolic splashes of washed-out color contrast so well against Bill Callahan’s blues.
  3. Callahan sprinkles his world-weary perspective with enough wry humor to make the album pleasant and endearing.
  4. As if in an attempt to gain the attributes of the album’s namesake bird, the songs on Eagle feel like they’re rising on thermals, shifting and soaring effortlessly where the wind takes them. And occasionally they dive right for your throat.
  5. Consistently literate and full of the comfortable resonance of his unique voice, Eagle once again proves Callahan to be as ageless as the forest.
  6. It’s that prickliness that makes this record intriguing, and durable enough to reward repeat listens.
  7. There are moments peaking around 'The Wind And The Dove' with its gauzy Wurlitzer and "Thief Of Baghdad arrangements. Later, 'Rococo Zephyr' and 'My Friend' start in interesting places but slowly dissolve into the album's clunky tail section. [Spring 2009, p.65]

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  1. ReubenParks
    Apr 16, 2009
    10
    Great Album!
  2. Grubeckkafahin
    Apr 15, 2009
    10
    Record of the year! Bill's best.
  3. Andyj
    Apr 17, 2009
    9
    river aint too much is still my favorite, but this is a great return to that vein of songwriting. "i was darker, then i got lighter, then i got darker again." Maybe in darker times, these baritone-voiced sages that some of us have loved all along will be a little more celebrated. with david berman retired, I really hope bill hangs in there and keeps making great albums. Expand
  4. Joanna
    Apr 28, 2009
    9
    One of the best albums of 2009 for me.
  5. GrantMacMillan
    Apr 24, 2009
    9
    Outstanding.
  6. May 1, 2012
    5
    Bill Callahan doesn't quite measure up to his previous recordings on this one.
    Revamped lyrics to Faith/Void: "It's time to put Smog
    awaaaaaaaaaaaay..." Expand