Adrienne Day
October 12, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dropping the Writ

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Cass McCombs
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it an A-

It’s a rare musician who can finesse a great pop hook into a psych-rock jam, but on ”Deseret,” Cass McCombs does just that with help from a twinkling piano and Beach Boys-style harmonies. On Dropping the Writ, his third full-length CD, the singer-songwriter seems to source his lyrics from dreams, with hazy impressions of longing and wonder that linger. The real gem here: ”That’s That,” a superb ’70s AOR-style track on which a mournful pedal-steel guitar, a driving bass line, and McCombs’ reedy voice alchemize into something almost divine. A-
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ”That’s That” at Cass McCombs’ MySpace

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