Cass McCombs – ‘Big Wheel And Others’

Our rating:

No concept, but its half brilliant

Beyond the fact that it contains 19 songs (plus three interludes featuring an inane but quite sweet chat with a small boy), there’s nothing stylistically ‘double album’ about this double album. No sprawling space odyssey theme, no acoustic flipside; just lots and lots of Cass McCombs songs. Which, in theory, is no bad thing – and indeed, the slide guitar-drenched ‘Angel Blood’ is McCombs at his hypnotic, country-downbeat best. But things tail off to the extent that shuddery second-half tracks such as ‘Honesty Is No Excuse’ just sound unfinished, and the listening process becomes an editing process. Turn it off halfway through and it’s brilliant.

Jamie Fullerton

Details

Record label: Domino
Release date: 14 Oct, 2013