I am a gradual Bill Callahan fanatic. It took me a few years, and admittedly with the aid of his solo billed 'Bill Callahan' records, I became this gradual fan. With that said, an album like 'Red Apple Falls' took more on the long side to grow. But just like what he was doing with Jeff Tweedy's transformation across the record sales with Wilco, Jim O'Rourke brought out greatness that already lied within Bill here first and foremost before the home-runs Callahan consistently knocked out of the park after this album. I love all Smog, before and after this, but this is nearly undoubtedly (sans a few distinct moments on 'A Doctor Came...') the moment where Smog(callahan) took off into his own unique, playbook of a musical future.