Cass McCombs: Dropping the Writ

By: Sarah Moore

According to Wikipedia: "Dropping the writ is the informal term for a procedure in some parliamentary government systems, where the head of government, that is the prime minister, premier or chief minister as the case may be, goes to the head of state and formally advises them to dissolve parliament."

Cass McCombs offers a thriller of an album with his Dropping the Writ (Domino), an unexpectedly dense and hooking disc. Beginning with a driving low end, the title track emerges with an ode to middle class, "Lionkiller." This is the stuff for which great road mixes are made, pairing a rocking rhythm with British pop (from California) lines and haunting harmonies. Folding into the second track is a Beatles' "Blackbird"-esque light guitar ballad, "Pregnant Pause," that utilizes one of the many underlying themes on the album: pregnancy as a life-altering event. It electronically shifts into "That's That," reprising the diminutive deep rocking found in the opener. Honestly, the disc shifts from one mood to another, each flowing logically to the next. McCombs' vocals are akin to the Everly Brothers, especially on "Petrified Forest" and "Full Moon or Infinity." "Forest" showcases very well the ever-expanding self-harmonies that make McCombs' disc stand apart from other pop records today. Along with the deluxe arrangements and presentation, Mccombs' songs involve anecdotes from specific life events thrown into compositions, often in a tongue-in-cheek, laughable manner. With all that praise in mind, Dropping the Writ is a likely contender for one of the Top 5 Albums of 2007.

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[Published on: 12/14/07]

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