ALBUM REVIEW: Bill Callahan – Gold Record | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 04.09.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Bill Callahan album contains at least one song that is a masterclass in songwriting. This time out, it’s Pigeons. Over a subtle but gently inventive tune (dashes of woodwind and brass against a simple guitar figure), Callahan imagines himself a wedding limo driver reflecting on love and marriage. And it’s just the loveliest fucking thing. Wry and tender and bookended with a self-deprecating gag.

Gold Record shares a general sense of ease with his last album, but this is a warmer and wittier affair. Ry Cooder is just Callahan goofing off really, surprisingly daft but still insightful. And there’s a lovely reworking of Let’s Move To The Country (hey, Jonathan Richman has been doing this for years!). Contentment never sounded so appealing.

 

 

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