CD Humor Risk [Digipak] (CD 15816993),
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Humor Risk [Digipak]

  • 1. Love Thine Enemy
    2. Living Word, The
    3. Same Thing, The
    4. To Every Man His Chimera
    5. Robin Egg Blue
    6. Mystery Mail
    7. Meet Me at the Mannequin Gallery
    8. Mariah
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DNO306

  • Credits
    ProducerAriel Rechtshaid; Cass McCombs
    EngineerZach Goheen; Eric Spring; Dave Schiffman; Ariel Rechtshaid; John Webster Johns; Cass McCombs

    Audio Mixer: Dave Schiffman.
    Recording information: California; Chicago; New Jersey.
    Nomadic lo-fi indie rock malcontent Cass McCombs' fifth album (and second of 2011) begins with the couplet "Love thine enemy/But hate the lack of sincerity," a notion that acts as the foundation for the eight cuts on the hypnotic but illuminating Humor Risk. The aforementioned "Love Thine Enemy" is just one of three slow-burn rockers on the record that bring to mind Kurt Vile fronting the Church; the other two, "The Same Thing" and "Robin Egg Blue," are prettier, but no less dissatisfied. It's a sound and style that works well with McCombs' obvious pop sensibilities, which tend to manifest themselves most successfully when the volume's turned up. Elsewhere, midtempo outings like the slacker-beat poetry anthem "The Living Word" and willowy psych-folk closer "Mariah" paint vivid portraits of amiable dissolution, and the languid and bible-bleak "To Every Man His Chimera" provides the collection's finest sentiment in "Oh, Mary/I'm just too much to carry." ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]owntempo numbers inject venom into plush chords -- see 'To Every Man His Chimera,' a chillingly real diss track that McCombs drapes in found sound."
    Spin (p.73) - "McCombs' protests against love's insincerity are lifted by punk-lite bass....Suffering has rarely sounded so comforting."
    CMJ - "The album's a marriage of McCombs' poetic and veiled lyrical style, and core Americana musicianship. Drums are snappy, guitars are never ornate, and melodies are at once deceptively simple and ear-catching."
    Paste (magazine) - "[With] songs that sound like lost tracks written by George Harrison, focusing on guitar melodies that sound simple but have a single note that makes them anything but."
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