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Smog – “Accumulation: None” – [Drag City]

Flotsam and sinksam from Bill Callahan. Well
captured in oft rough recordings. We’ve got
vapor-lock blues, anti-rock star heroics
(“It’s Not Gonna Be a Hit”) and the ol’
Smog favorite, collapsible relationships.
He seems like a guy who’s counting on the
big nasty breakup even in the honeymoon
phase of a relationship. (“I Break Horses”)
There’s a flare somehow in the flatness of
Callahan’s voice, and as well as anyone
he can make the lurid, alluring. I like
the fact that many Smog songs, when they hit
the spot where the bridge should come they
almost go flatline. Hell, the songs start
off with pretty economical lyrics and guitar
playing and then they lose their shirt and
their way for awhile….till the next verse
comes along and gives ‘em a ride back to
tune. On the lighter side, Callahan does
quote “Baby’s Got Back” on the tail end
(where else) of “Real Live Dress”
-Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 3, 2003 at 4:26 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Smog – “Supper” – [Drag City]

    A new release going up at the same time as
    his Accumulation time capsule. Bill Callahan
    has the detached disdain handed down through
    various undergrounds, Velvet and otherwise.
    The sharpness of his lyrics, and his acerbic
    stage persona always command my attention.
    The songs here are less dilapidated as he’s
    got a real live band behind him, and his
    fondness/fiendishness with the femme fatales
    has been displaced by a love of conundrums.
    There’s some solid cognitive dissonance he’s
    dishing out…and “Truth Serum” and “Guiding
    Light” are just well crafted.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 3, 2003 at 4:25 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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