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Cass McCombs has been on more than a few critics' lists over the past few years, thanks so his tightly written, evocative way of spinning intimate lyrics together with minimalist pop. His latest, Wit's End, continues his trajectory — putting him in that rarefied zone of the songwriter's songwriter. His tracks here are sparse, but carefully plotted. A slight acoustic guitar unveils a sweet, evocative world on "Pleasant Shadow Song" while "Hermit's Cave" is like a psychedelic, folk vision from Donovan's songbook but set in waltz time. Wit's End is a distinct mixture of chamber pop, indie whispers, and intimate soul music. This last point is addressed succinctly on "County Line" — the album's staggering focal point; something like a heartbreaking Philly soul number as envisioned by a melancholic.

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A slow burner but this album is brilliant once it sticks.


slow and steady with little surprises thrown in everywhere. couldn't of asked for more. good job cass.

Slow but O So Good

Its such a melow song you cant help but relax. Way to go on this song. If you dont like slow songs this isnt for you but if you do you have found a keeper!


Born: 1977 in Concord, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After bouncing around the country writing songs and honing his craft, singer/songwriter Cass McCombs' insightful and emotionally rich work caught the ear of Baltimore label Monitor Records, which released his first EP, 2002's Not the Way. McCombs' debut album, A, was released early the following year and was distributed in Europe and the U.K. by 4AD. Early in 2005, the "Sacred Heart" single revealed the more polished and poppy direction of his second album, PREfection, which arrived that spring....
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