Album Review

Calla – “Collisions ” – [Beggars Banquet]

mitch   11/16/2005   A Library, CD

September 2005 release finds core trio (front man
Aurelio Valle, Peter Gannon & drummer Wayne
Magruder) upgrading to major label for this fourth
LP, with Chris Zane again producing. Austerity and
Muted anger win the day (best on # 1, 5, 9), with a
host of Valle???s desolate images contrasting a more
upbeat sonic set design (bits of harmonica, organ &
tambourine glimpse through the foliage from time
to time) of stridency + hooks. Is this what they would
have recorded for ? Most likely, though
it might not have sounded so tenuous???.
CALLA may be leaving the indie ranks, but at least
it is on their own terms.
MITCH November 2005

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