Sometimes you need to listen to the bad to appreciate the good. Sometimes you need to listen to the horrible to appreciate just how horrible something can really be. That’s about the best reason I can give to listen to the song below. I suppose overwhelming curiosity is another good one. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to resist. You just have to know whether it’s really that bad.
Clearly these girls (young women? Strumpets?) were picked for their looks and not their voices; it’s all been fed through a computer and polished with auto-tune anyway, so who needs talent? The words are crappy at best and over all it’s an utterly vapid listening experience which may actually leech IQ points out of your brain. But if you’re curious…
Bill Callahan keeps writing his melancholic songs, after spending his 20 years with "Smog" albums. Now he releases his second great album under his own name. Woke on a Whaleheart has been a great record, and Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle moves his music one step beyond, including glamorous cinematic music, piano, violins and many heartbreaker instruments.
This is completely natural, gloomy and deep music. 8.5/10
Highlights: Jim Cain, Eid Ma Clack Shaw, The Wind And The Dove, Too Many Birds Bill Callahan on Dragcity | Myspace
The Thermals live in Portland, Oregon. The band was formed in 2002. They have recently finished their fourth LP, "Now We Can See", due out on Kill Rock Stars april 7, 2009. The record is about love, death and evolution. Learn more about The Thermals by visiting their website here.