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CASS MCCOMBS

Humor Risk

2011-12-16

Cass McCombs’ prior albums have been named one of the best albums of the year by Amazon and Pitchfork. He has toured and/or performed with The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Thurston Moore, to name a few. Humor Risk is his sixth album. He is a soul-searching singer-songwriter. Recommended tracks: 5, 3, 1. #1 “Love Thine Enemy” has substance though the notes don’t stray very far from baseline. Midway through it appears the recording engineer left the room with sounds of shuffling papers, distorted keyboard and Cass’ voice turning away from the mic while singing. #3 “The Same Thing” features Cass on acoustic guitar; along with midi and reverb on vocals—this one’s a winner. With a dog barking in the background and a painfully slow pace, it’s evident that track #4 “To Every Man His Chimera” is a home studio recording that could have used a metronome! Highly likeable #5 “Robin Egg Blue” showcases Cass’ best effort with its steady beat and catchy lyrics. This is the best tune on the CD. – Pam VandeKerkhoff

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