A good pop LP, wish it were a touch more out there."
Cass McCombs – Dropping The Writ
What to make of this? Well, it’s certainly a catchy record. And the opening two tracks, Lionkiller and Pregnant Pause are such a great combination. As different as chalk and cheese, they immediately present the two sides of McCombs’ writing with such precision it’s hard to see the rest of the LP as anything else but sonic rehashes, however attractive or individual the songs are.
Still, its great melancholy pop, as That’s That or Crick in My Neck will testify. This record has also got a big, dreamy sound that is just asking to be developed live. At times, it reminds me very much of mid eighties Aztec Camera. And it has the power to surprise; Full Moon or Infinity is a great reflection late in the running order, slightly unhinged and reliant on the basics of melody and harmony.
A good pop LP, wish it were a touch more out there.
Words: Richard Foster