CD Review: Cass McCombs "Big Wheel and Others"

December 3, 2013
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As restless and peripatetic as his music, singer-songwriter Cass McCombs also has a deep Rolodex. On 2011’s Wit’s End, Justin Meldal-Johnsen held down the low end; this time around, Phish’s Mike Gordon lends his knack for melodic exploration to a grip of songs (including the summery “Morning Star”) on this whimsical art-folk outing. Multi-instrumentalist Jon Shaw weighs in on the balance, bringing a thick cushion to the spacey ballad “Home on the Range” and the alt-country vamp “Brighter!”

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