Afghanistan, Vietnam, Iran, Native America
Well everyone’s allowed a past they don’t care to mention
I have been on the verge of buying this album for a good number of months – I came across it while trying to find contemporary singer/songwriters that don’t fall into the over-produced pop category. I finally bought it about two weeks ago and have listened to little else since.
Bill Callahan’s voice is deep and resonant, and even when the words are virtually spoken they have a rich lyricism. Although the album is titled Apocalypse, it probably should have been called America. The sparse instrumentation has the feel of the “wild, wild country” (as he puts it) or the wide open prairie, yet like the quote above, it is not afraid to be critical of the country it longs for.
I haven’t analysed the songs yet and I don’t really want to, but for me the stand-outs are ‘Drover‘, ‘Baby’s Breath‘ with it’s almost spoken vocal introduction, ‘Riding For The Feeling‘ which, when those words are sung, is achingly beautiful, and ‘America!‘. All the other songs have their moments which are gradually seeping into my appreciation – a great album indeed.