Bill Callahan
Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest
Drag City
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2019
2LP
29.29
DC747LP
Gatefold tip-on sleeve
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Tracklist
1Shepherd’s Welcome
2Black Dog on the Beach
3Angela
4The Ballad of the Hulk
5Writing
6Morning is My Grandmother
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8Watch Me Get Married
9Young Icarus
10Released
11What comes after Certainty
12Confederate Jasmine
13Call Me Anything
14Son of the Sea
15Camels
16Circles
17When We Let Go
18Lonesome Valley
19Tugboats and Tumbleweeds
20The Beast

As you listen to Shepherd In a Sheepskin Vest, a feeling of totality, of completeness, steals over you, like a thief in broad daylight. Of course it does —you’re listening to a new BILL CALLAHAN record! The first one in almost six years! What more do you need to complete you? Or perhaps, after all the time, the obvious needs to be made just a little more explicit?

First, it’s a different kind of record. Bill’s now writing from somewhere beyond his Eagle-Apocalypse-River headspace, and Shepherd In a Sheepskin Vest is very much its own beast. The songs are, by and large, shorter, and there are more of them. It took almost all of the previous three albums to add up to that many. Plus, twenty’s a lot of songs! But again, it goes a lot deeper than that. Moving gradually from reflections upon the old days in “Ballad of The Hulk” and “Young Icarus” to the immediacy of the present moment in “Watching Me Get Married” and “Son of the Sea”, Bill traces the different life lines, casually unwinding knotty contradictions and ambiguities with an arresting stillness. The sense of a life thunderstruck by change infuses Shepherd In a Sheepskin Vest—the songs wander from expressions of newfound joy and great contentment to other snapshots, considerations of the not-joy that we all know. Unsettling dream-images and mythic recollections are patiently received; the undertow of the past is resisted, pulling against it instead into the present, accepting revolutions of time and the unconscious as a natural flow.