Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Drag City)
Essentially Will Oldham without the beard and jokes, Bill Callahan’s been rewriting the same songs for 20 years.
Good job they’re worth rehearing.
His 13th album, 11 of which were released as Smog, isn’t miles apart from many of its predecessors, defined chiefly by Callahan’s elusive but often literary lyrics and lugubrious, slightly clumsy delivery.
There’s nothing surprising here, but fans will be happy with what amounts to a well-practised encore. WILL FULFORD-JONES