Cass McCombs, 'Dropping the Writ' (Domino)

Dropping the Writ
Critical Mass

by Josh Modell

Cass McCombs' third album wrestles Devendra Banhart's methodical mystery, the Sea and Cake's jazzy smoothness, and straight-ahead '70s Cali pop into one scattered, restless package. Insistent album opener "Lionkiller" flies the psych-folk flag both lyrically and vocally, with McCombs barking, "I am called Scorpio" in the midst of a twisted autobiography. On "Full Moon or Infinity," he's gently Elliott Smith-like. All the unexpected turns are usually pleasant and/or intriguing, but McCombs rarely stays in one mode long enough to find something truly compelling.

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