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Catacombs [Cass McCombs]

  • 1. Dreams-Come-True-Girl
    2. Prima Donna
    3. You Saved My Life
    4. Don't Vote
    5. Executioner's Song, The
    6. Harmonia
    7. My Sister, My Spouse
    8. Lionkiller Got Married
    9. Eavesdropping on the Competition
    10. Jonesy Boy
    11. One Way to Go
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 225

  • Credits
    ProducerAriel Rechtshaid; Cass McCombs; Ariel Rechtshaid; Cass McCombs
    EngineerAriel Rechtshaid; Ariel Rechtshaid

    Composer: Cass McCombs.
    Personnel: Cass McCombs (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, piano, synthesizer); Rob Barbato (vocals, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, tom tom); Walker David Teret (vocals, piano, upright bass, electric bass); Orpheo McCord (vocals, drums, percussion); Karen Black (vocals); Luke Top (acoustic guitar); Danny Rukasin (trombone); Will Canzoneri (organ); Ariel Rechtshaid (synthesizer).
    Photographer: Christopher Wilson .
    On the album he released previous to 2009's CATACOMBS, Baltimore singer/songwriter Cass McCombs began moving away from the reverb-heavy, lo-fi sound, and busy arrangements of his first two records in favor of a more direct sound. Here, McCombs strips away the remaining traces of his early bedroom-crafted indie pop sound and aims for something simpler that finally takes the focus away from the sound of the record and places it firmly on the wordy, emotionally-charged songs and his own vocals. McCombs has ditched the jittery yelping he sometimes used on DROPPING THE WRIT and settles into a warm and intimate style that instantly draws the listener in closer. Almost uniformly quiet and introspective, the new songs sustain a mood that lingers throughout the album like a melancholy haze.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (Magazine) (p.133) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Reflective, humorous and romantic, CATACOMBS is perfect for those long summer nights ahead."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]he singer-songwriter steps out from behind the curtain that's cloaked his work in the past. And despite the sparser arrangements and increased focus on direct lyricism, it's every bit as aurally hypnotic as his previous work."
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