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  • Summary: The first new release in six years for the Austin-based singer-songwriter was recorded and mixed by Brian Beattie.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jun 14, 2019
    100
    Its hour run time notwithstanding, few albums are this expansive. The acoustic arrangements and brushed drums expand its sense of the infinite, and Callahan disarms with humour and subtly shattering insight.
  2. Uncut
    Jun 10, 2019
    90
    This sprawling, beguiling collection strives to reveal all, but every answer brings more questions. [Jul 2019, p.18]
  3. Jun 18, 2019
    90
    Abstractions give way to specifics, and the result is a cascade of feelings, ideas, and images overlapping and enhancing each other in the listener's mind.
  4. Jun 14, 2019
    80
    Further instrumentation was added with care afterwards, but the skeleton of each song can still be discerned, pleasingly, like a pencil sketch beneath watercolours.
  5. The Wire
    Jun 20, 2019
    80
    The parsimoniously arranged, mostly acoustic sound of the record enhances its projection of intimacy. ... Callahan doesn’t entirely give up his old taste for blankly delivered disturbance; his memory of childbirth includes the blood. But he’s never sounded so open or so genuinely happy. [Jul 2019, p.48]
  6. Jun 17, 2019
    80
    At over an hour long, this isn’t an album to dip in and out of--it’s that rare album that you have to commit to, and let it wash over you.
  7. 70
    At the end of the 20 tracks, you’ll feel both closer to yourself and to Bill Callahan as you drift along with his expansive, occasionally humorous, always provocative and quirky mindset.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    Without a doubt, the best album of the year. Lana is one of the best artists of all time, an authentic, strong and powerful woman.
  2. Jul 4, 2019
    7
    Love how Bill Callahan wrapped cute love and introspective stories up in a serene, ambient, and dark way. Frightening at first, but at someLove how Bill Callahan wrapped cute love and introspective stories up in a serene, ambient, and dark way. Frightening at first, but at some point it feels more relentless as it goes through till the end; makes it dull and unfulfilled its purpose to deliver. Expand

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