Whitney Pastorek
May 30, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A River Ain't Too Much to Love

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Drag City
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

Smog, a.k.a. Bill Callahan — he of the whiskey-wood voice and graceful guitar picking — is at his best when melancholy. Thankfully, he has resumed his mopey ways after the generic rock of 2003’s Supper. A River Ain’t Too Much to Love is layered with strings, snares, hammer dulcimer, and the quiet bleat of a chanter (reed pipe). It’s an exquisite mix that conjures train tracks and piney woods — Southern-gothic images that linger long after the final notes.

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