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Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

Bill CallahanAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Bill Callahan is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog and (Smog). After almost 20 years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan switched to his given name for his releases after 2005's A River Ain't Too Much to Love. The 2007 EP Diamond Dancer and full-length Woke on a Whaleheart both mixed the intimate, ... Read more in Amazon's Bill Callahan Store

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  • Audio CD (April 14, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B001Q2EIXG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release. At the risk of being redundant, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle is about as beautiful an album as you can expect to hear sung circa 2009. Unfolding like a first view of paradise, then a slightly less ecstatic second view of paradise and then finally a glance back over your shoulder at that stupid paradise bulls***, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle surveys a landscape that grows organically, like the time two people spend together; or the time one person spends alone (with another). One way or another, it's awfully pretty.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you could only stop your heartbeat... September 28, 2010
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I have owned this disc for less than a week, and have literally almost worn it out. I can't remember the last time I bought a CD and listened to it 30 or 40 times in such a short period of time without getting tired of it. I'm embarrassed to admit that until recently I hadn't heard of Bill Callahan, but this release has sold me on his talent. I'm also surprised to find out that a disc with such excellent arrangements and songwriting was listed on so many Best Albums of 2009 lists, as this type of music seems to be in short supply these days and rarely receives such accolades. This is definitely a collection of songs that should be heard as a whole, but I have to mention that there are certain songs on this album which bring a lump to my throat every time I hear them: "Rococo Zephyr", "Too Many Birds", "Faith/Void", and especially the album's opener "Jim Cain". These are songs that are too beautiful for words, and manage to capture the painful beauty that life is full of. There have been very few times in my music listening life when I really get blown away by an entire album, but this is one of those times. I live for these moments, it's why I buy so much music I guess. The first times I heard Nick Drake's "Pink Moon", Richard and Linda Thompson's "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight", John Martyn's "Solid Air", and Rage Against The Machine's first album come to mind. Those records had me captivated by the album art, the songs, the vibe...the whole package. "Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle" belongs in that category, and if you are a music fan I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Record of 2009 February 13, 2010
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This album is alternately pastoral, riveting, soothing and frightening. I own probably 85% of Bill Callahan's recorded output, and I think this might be my favorite of all his work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Callahan = Smog = Perfection April 19, 2010
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I have had this album for several months now and wore it out a long time ago. I recently purchased "Woke on a whaleheart" and was just as impressed.

Then....Bill Callahan's most recent live release "Rough Travel" brought me too a pitchfork review which brought me to a little band called Smog.

Smog is Bill Callahan and has a catalog about 10 albums strong. I now have "Supper", "Red Apple Falls", and "River Aint too much Love". And let me tell you. They are all three just as strong as Sometimes I wish I were an Eagle.

Hence, if this is your first Bill Callahan album and you are infatuated. Dig deeper. You have a long way to go!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Callahan-Sometimes I wish I were an eagle. December 1, 2009
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I go back w/ Bill to the Smog/Suckdog split 7". As is the case w/ many greats, (Nick Cave & The Fall come to mind) after awhile, you loose track of thier greatness, and quit purchasing thier new stuff. More often than not, a big mistake. Fortunately, these days nothing "goes outta print". As good a record in it's genre as you'll find this or any year. Give the Saddle Creek kids their due, but they must bow to the master- Papa Bill. Every song on this disk has been my "favorite" at one time or another. Buy this disk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but deep October 12, 2010
By Feng
Format:Audio CD
I got into Bill Callahan's music by accident. I was surfing youtube, and saw a few videos that are part of a serious of Tiny Desk Concert produced by NPR. Callahan was one of the guests and performed three songs from this CD. Just three seconds into his music, I was mesmerized. His style is sort of close to Leonard Cohen. The lyrics and voice are introspective and poetic. The genius here is that Callahan is able to release the full power of the words and music with simple chords and melodies.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is beautiful, pensive, and intense January 16, 2010
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I had become fairly pessimistic about finding current folk/pop music-makers with lasting appeal for me. This disc made it on to a NY Times 10 Best List, and I gave the thirty-second samples a listen on Amazon. I am happy that I did. These songs and Callahan's mesmerizing vocals have dominated our house for the past week. Will it last? So much new music fades quickly for me...Norah Jones just being one of many who do not stand up to repeated listenings. Of course, that I do not know. Perhaps this will. At least for now it gives great pleasure.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As an avid watcher of the Discovery Channel I understand when I find something this great it should be massaged gently....

This is in no doubt THE biggest find of 2009...

Emotion is a small word with overwhelming meaning and this new album by Callahan is in the realm of dream-like perfection.
I had so many feelings emerge and a new life of thought... that I Sometimes Wish We Were An Eagle.....

I found a fountain of youth in the songs and will shower in its beauty for the rest of 2009 and most likely until I die.

To vacate the songs as individual would be a disgrace to the beauty of its whole.. The flow of spiritual release -it's astounding !!

Kudos to Mr. Bill for such a fine album
with the trash music today this is a breath of fresh air
and reminds me of how...
Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

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