Woke on a Whaleheart

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Woke on a Whaleheart
Woke on a Whaleheart.jpg
Studio album by Bill Callahan
Released April 24, 2007
Recorded November 2006
Genre Lo-fi
Length 40:29
Label Drag City
Producer Bill Callahan, Neil Michael Hagerty
Bill Callahan chronology
A River Ain't Too Much to Love
Woke on a Whaleheart
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10)[3]
Spin 2.5/5 stars[4]
Uncut 4/5 stars[5]

Woke on a Whaleheart is the first record released by Bill Callahan under his own name instead of his nom de plume Smog. It was released by Drag City on April 24, 2007 and released a week earlier in Callahan's home state of Texas.[6] A single, "Diamond Dancer," preceded the release of the album on March 20, 2007.

The arrangements of labelmate and former Royal Trux vocalist and guitarist Neil Michael Hagerty are featured on the album, and Callahan's band consists of vocalist Deani Pugh-Flemmings, guitarist Pete Denton, violinist Elizabeth Warren, percussionist Thor Harris, bassist Steve Bernal, and keyboard/lap steel player Howard Draper. The album was recorded by Jeremy Lemos, who previously recorded the Smog albums Rain on Lens and Supper. Woke on a Whaleheart's sound, according to Callahan, touches upon "gospel, tough pop and American Light Opera."[7]

Joe Grillo of the art collective Dearraindrop created the album artwork.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bill Callahan.

  1. "From the Rivers to the Ocean" – 6:35
  2. "Footprints" – 2:47
  3. "Diamond Dancer" – 4:00
  4. "Sycamore" – 5:35
  5. "The Wheel" – 4:03
  6. "Honeymoon Child" – 4:40
  7. "Day" – 4:32
  8. "Night" – 3:04
  9. "A Man Needs a Woman or a Man to Be a Man" – 5:13

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Woke On A Whaleheart by Bill Callahan". Metacritic. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ Spin review
  5. ^ Uncut review
  6. ^ Bill Callahan Drops Whaleheart a Week Early in Texas, pitchforkmedia.com (2007-04-17, retrieved on 2008-01-14)
  7. ^ "Bill Callahan, "Woke On a Whaleheart"", brainwashed.com (2007-01-11, retrieved on 2008-01-14)
  8. ^ Peppermint Store: Bill Callahan (2007-11-12, retrieved on 2008-12-04)