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Boomkat Product Review:
The arrival of a genuinely distinctive new talent, Cass McCombs blends darkly mordant humour, dazed lyricism, deadpan surrealism and moments of real tenderness into songs that quiver with surreptitious confidence. His voice is full of wayward slurs and swoops, an intuitive croon which negotiates a constant stream of lyrical surprises unfazed. 'A's opening track, 'I Went To The Hospital', navigates it's way from the acutely personal ("is it dying that terrifies you, or just being dead ?") to the biblically universal ("we are living in an era of kings") without a pause, carried along by a ramshackle backbeat and a wave of shimmering organ. Later comes the epically resolute and deeply resonant 'AIDS In Africa', a subject that few of Cass's contemporaries would care to tackle, however obliquely. · Throughout, the songs are supported by loose-limbed, drone-suffused grooves which range from the glacially slow ('A Comedian Is Someone Who Tells Jokes') to the deceptively jaunty ('Gee, It's Good To Be Back Home'). ·All told, 'A' is something special - offbeat, intriguing, and, ultimately, rewarding in the extreme.