Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

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Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle album cover.jpg
Studio album by Bill Callahan
Released April 14, 2009
Recorded August and October 2008
The Track Studio, Plano, Texas
Genre Alternative country
Length 48:17
Label Drag City
Producer "Raven"
Bill Callahan chronology
Woke on a Whaleheart
(2007)
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
(2009)
Apocalypse
(2011)

Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle is the second solo album by American musician Bill Callahan under his own name, released on April 14, 2009 via Drag City.[1] It was recorded by John Congleton and arranged by Brian Beattie.[2] In an interview with Uncut, Callahan described the recording of the album:

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club A−[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[7]
Mojo 5/5 stars[8]
NME 8/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 8.1/10[10]
Q 3/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[12]
Spin 8/10[13]
Uncut 4/5 stars[14]

Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle received very positive reviews from music critics and made several publications' year-end best album lists, notably being named the second best album of 2009 by Mojo magazine.

In 2013, NME listed the album at 443 in their list of the 500 greatest albums of all-time.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Bill Callahan.

  1. "Jim Cain" – 4:39
  2. "Eid Ma Clack Shaw" – 4:19
  3. "The Wind and the Dove" – 4:34
  4. "Rococo Zephyr" – 5:42
  5. "Too Many Birds" – 5:27
  6. "My Friend" – 5:12
  7. "All Thoughts Are Prey to Some Beast" – 5:52
  8. "Invocation of Ratiocination" – 2:41
  9. "Faith/Void" – 9:44

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 90
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 128
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 58
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 89
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20] 40
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[21] 16

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "News – Drag City". Drag City. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Progress Report: Bill Callahan - Stereogum". Stereogum. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Bill Callahan: "This is supposed to be a short blurby interview, right?"
  4. ^ "Reviews for Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle by Bill Callahan". Metacritic. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle – Bill Callahan". AllMusic. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ Martins, Chris (April 14, 2009). "Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ Pastorek, Whitney; Vozick-Levinson, Simon (April 14, 2009). "Extended Play: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Bill Callahan". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle". Mojo (185): 102. April 2009. 
  9. ^ Thornton, Anthony (March 30, 2009). "Album review: Bill Callahan". NME. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ Howe, Brian (April 17, 2009). "Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle". Q (273): 100. April 2009. 
  12. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (April 13, 2009). "Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ Modell, Josh (April 2009). "Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle". Spin 25 (4): 76. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  14. ^ Mulvey, John (March 26, 2009). "Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle". Uncut. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  15. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: 500–401". NME. October 24, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  19. ^ "Bill Callahan | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  20. ^ "Bill Callahan – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Bill Callahan. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  21. ^ "Bill Callahan – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Bill Callahan. Retrieved February 26, 2016.

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