Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2009 Ratings: #33 / 873
Year End Rank: #29
User Score
Based on 94 ratings
2009 Ratings: #37
Liked by 3 people
April 14, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Drag City / Label
Folk / Genres
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Gently unsettling, a nudge into and out of comfort as a consecrated space. The record derives its power from subtlety and atmosphere, as on the career-highlight "Rococo Zephyr", but is also exceedindly broad, from the playful chorus of "Eid Ma Clack Shaw", to the inviting "My Friend"; from the tense, watery distortions and awkward piano of "Invocation to Rationation" (reminding me a bit of Sewn to the Sky and other early sonic experiments), to the gentle ... read more
God I love this, it's everything that I love about late 2000's early 2010's folk. The instrumentals are luscious, and Callahan's performance is wondrous. Everything that makes a folk album charming and enjoyable in the first place. Can't recommend this enough.

Standout: My Friend
Favs: Jim Cain, Eid Ma Clack Shaw, Too Many Birds, Rococo Zephyr, Faith/Void
Least fav: All thoughts are prey to some beast
One of my favorite Callahan records. Definitely an essential record for me.
Everybody get together because Bill Callahan has a new collection of his unique stories to tell, promising a beautiful evening, based on the important elements of life: a smile, a kiss, a tear...
"Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle” neatly summarizes all the qualities that make Bill Callahan such an extraordinary singer-songwriter. A Drag City musician through and through, Callahan completes a trinity of idiosyncratic, otherworldly songwriters with Jason Molina and Will Oldham, and fans of either artists should surely love “Eagle.” But Callahan carves out his own identity through warm baritone and gorgeous, intricate chamber folk arrangements, as well as his own ... read more
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Track List

  1. Jim Cain
  2. Eid Ma Clack Shaw
  3. The Wind and The Dove
  4. Rococo Zephyr
  5. Too Many Birds
  6. My Friend
  7. All Thoughts Are Prey To Some Beast
  8. Invocation of Ratiocination
  9. Faith/Void

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