A River Ain't Too Much to Love 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… A River Ain't Too Much to Love 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… 2005-05-31 Smog Rock
Music Review

A River Ain't Too Much to Love (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 31, 2005; Lead Performance: Smog; Genre: Rock

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.

Originally posted May 30, 2005 Published in issue #823 Jun 03, 2005 Order article reprints