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Smog - Supper (2003) Retail CD
Supper features no twisted narratives about cuckolded husbands or machete-wielding cheerleaders, no mordant songs about what it feels like to lay in a grave or swing from a hangman's noose. In fact, in many ways, Supper sounds little like a Smog album at all--because indie-rock's premiere misery guts Bill Callahan seems to have brightened up his act. That mood of brooding amorality has given way to a beaming take on laid-back Nashville country-rock, a rosy fulsomeness of finger-picked banjos and teased soft-steel guitar. Naturally, however, we're still not quite into "The Sun Has Got His Hat Onmore…" territory: "Truth Serum" is a rare love song that concedes that love is dumb, confused and ultimately fallible. "Do you miss me when I go?" questions longtime female foil Sarabeth Tucek. "Honey, I love you," brushes off Callahan in reply, "That's all you need to know." Meanwhile, the excellent "Butterflies Drowned in Wine" is a guitar chugger in the vein of The Velvet Underground's "Rock'n'Roll", Callahan announcing "I'm headed into town / Where up is up / And down is down" with uncharacteristically cheery confidence. There's no real narrative thread that runs throughout this album, which simply makes it a good record rather than a Smog classic to rank with Knock Knock or The Doctor Came at Dawn. Still, it's further proof that Callahan is one of the most gifted songwriters working in American music today. --Louis Pattison
|1||Feather By Feather|
|2||Butterflies Drowned In Wine|
|5||Vessel In Vain|
|9||A Guiding Light|
- Smog - Supper (2003) Retail CD
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