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Album Review: Cass McCombs - 'Humor Risk'

A little bit of quality control could have been employed

Album Review: Cass McCombs - 'Humor Risk'

Album Info

  • Release Date: November 7, 2011
  • Producer: Ariel Rechtshaid, Cass McCombs
  • Label: Domino
  • Fact: The album was recorded in various locations in California
6 / 10 ‘[b]Humor Risk[/b]’ is [a]Cass McCombs[/a]’ second release in six months but, though a little bit of quality control could have been employed (namely chopping at least a minute out of most of the tracks here), it’s certainly no rush job. With a subtle, [b]Brendan Benson[/b]-esque warmth and an experienced knack of tackling Big Topics with a cheeky, nuanced wink (“[i]Now let’s flip a coin to see who’s yin and who’s yang/It defies opinion whether they’re the same thang[/i]”) ‘[b]Humor Risk[/b]’ sounds almost effortless. It’s no great foray away from the norm, yet it still constitutes a more than enjoyable addition to McCombs’ rapidly growing arsenal.

[i]Lisa Wright[/i]

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