Big Wheel & Others (CD)


Cass McCombs

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Amoeba Review

10/14/2013

Cass McCombs' latest record is a confident double-length album that shows his growth over seven albums into one of the foremost singer/songwriters of our generation. Big Wheel takes its time to get going, moving gently from one track to another. As such, even with its hour-plus length, it's an easily approachable album with great variety within a pretty straightforward setup. "Big Wheel" is a bluesy rumination on manhood—"A man with a man, how more manly can you get? I may be five-foot-one, but you're all wet" he sings in a memorable couplet. He pairs lyrics of a sexual love affair in "Morning Star" ( "wring my neck under your thighs" he sings suggestively in the chorus) with gentle country-folk that sounds like the first thing you want to hear upon waking. Perhaps the biggest highlight is "Brighter!," a song included twice, the second time with the late Karen Black taking lead vocals for a sweet, sad farewell. Some of Big Wheel's tracks veer into dad-rock territory, but even then there's usually something more interesting than what meets the eye on deeper listens, like the insane horns that pop up in "Joe Murder" and "Satan Is My Toy" or how "Everything Has to Be Just-So" begins gently and breaks apart into avant-garde atmosphere. Big Wheel and Others needs a few spins to sink in, but once it does, the album reveals itself to be an indelible listen. Read More


Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sean I
Cass McCombs 00:58
2.
Big Wheel
Cass McCombs 03:40
3.
Angel Blood
Cass McCombs 03:43
4.
Morning Star
Cass McCombs 03:56
5.
The Burning Of The Temple, 2012
Cass McCombs 06:03
6.
Brighter!
Cass McCombs , Karen Black 03:56
7.
There Can Be Only One
Cass McCombs 04:17
8.
Name Written In Water
Cass McCombs 02:52
9.
Joe Murder
Cass McCombs 05:51
10.
Everything Has To be Just-So
Cass McCombs 08:57


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
It Means A Lot To Know You Care
Cass McCombs 03:33
2.
Dealing
Cass McCombs 03:19
3.
Sooner Cheat Death Than Fool Love
Cass McCombs 03:12
4.
Satan Is My Toy
Cass McCombs 02:39
5.
Sean II
Cass McCombs 01:11
6.
Home On The Range
Cass McCombs 06:38
7.
Brighter!
Cass McCombs 03:50
8.
Untitled Spain Song
Cass McCombs 03:58
9.
Sean III
Cass McCombs 00:51
10.
Honesty Is No Excuse
Cass McCombs 05:24
11.
Aeon Of Aquarius Blues
Cass McCombs 03:36
12.
Unearthed
Cass McCombs 02:51

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