Bill Callahan

Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

2019

This album was released 5 weeks ago.

83% ±7% 15 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Shepherd’s Welcome
2 Black Dog on the Beach
3 Angela
4 The Ballad of the Hulk
5 Writing
6 Morning is My Godmother
7 747
8 Watch Me Get Married
9 Young Icarus
10 Released
11 What Comes After Certainty
12 Confederate Jasmine
13 Call Me Anything
14 Son of the Sea
15 Camels
16 Circles
17 When We Let Go
18 Lonesome Valley
19 Tugboats and Tumbleweeds
20 The Beast
Rating Source
83% 4WIM Rating
100% The Guardian So Bill Callahan’s latest may arouse suspicion – 20 songs from his perspective as a new husband and father.
90% Exclaim! Music Bill Callahan Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest By Vish Khanna Published Jun 17, 2019 9 To be a fan of Bill Callahan, of late, feels a lot like being on a glorious winning streak.
90% No Ripcord It's a sprawling album, both lyrically and in terms of its musical twists and turns, but its execution is spare.
87% Consequence of Sound Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest is Callahan’s first album of entirely new material in approximately six years, and it’s as personal of a record as we’ve ever gotten from him.
85% The 405 Before Bill Callahan took his unexpected hiatus of 6 years, he had been releasing a steady stream of albums as Smog, and then under his own name, for a couple of decades.
83% Svenska Dagbladet
80% The Line of Best Fit Album Of The Week “Sky changed the sea, love changed me,” Bill Callahan sighs towards the end of Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest.
80% Loud & Quiet Indeed, for all the structural upheaval, this is still obviously a Bill Callahan record, and his musical trademarks – sparse acoustic guitar up against wholesome upright bass and that oaky baritone burr, equal parts poignant and ruminant – hang just as cleanly on this new body.
80% New Musical Express One of America’s modern greats when it comes to songwriting, it’s fair to say he’s had much to take in.
80% Irish Times With spare instrumentation and evocative use of guitar, Callahan’s commanding voice becomes the “shepherd” of the record, allowing this outpouring to take place.“It feels good to be writing again,” he sings on Writing – and there are beautifully drawn vignettes of domesticity and danger, as on Confederate Jasmine and Son of the Sea (“the panic room is now a nursery”).
80% The Skinny Further instrumentation was added with care afterwards, but the skeleton of each song can still be discerned, pleasingly, like a pencil sketch beneath watercolours.
80% Music OMH Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest though, Callahan’s 17th studio album (including all the records he recorded under the name Smog), has been trailed as a double record full of songs about his marriage, children and general happiness.
80% The Firenote On Shepherd, Bill does this with shorter tracks than previous albums but still gives you over an hour of material to absorb.
80% Record Collector
70% Soundblab It's been a while since we last heard from Bill Callahan and if he’s the Alt Country Folk answer to Leonard Cohen or Lou Reed, his latest, Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest isn’t going to change that.