Dropping the Writ

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After two impressive indie pop-folk-rock albums for Baltimore-based indie Monitor, Cass McCombs' third album, his first for Domino, starts off on the wrong foot with the overly dramatic, theatrical, and angular "Lionkiller." The lyrics are jarring, McCombs' vocals are over-the-top, and the music is repetitious. Once it's out of the way, though, Dropping the Writ is a very good, highly enjoyable record. For all McCombs' arty inclinations, at heart he is a pop songwriter capable of crafting melodies and hooks that draw you in and at times knock you out. All the proof you need is in "That's That," a shuddering midtempo track that, with a slicker arrangement and different lyrics...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After two impressive indie pop-folk-rock albums for Baltimore-based indie Monitor, Cass McCombs' third album, his first for Domino, starts off on the wrong foot with the overly dramatic, theatrical, and angular "Lionkiller." The lyrics are jarring, McCombs' vocals are over-the-top, and the music is repetitious. Once it's out of the way, though, Dropping the Writ is a very good, highly enjoyable record. For all McCombs' arty inclinations, at heart he is a pop songwriter capable of crafting melodies and hooks that draw you in and at times knock you out. All the proof you need is in "That's That," a shuddering midtempo track that, with a slicker arrangement and different lyrics that don't mention cleaning toilets in a Baltimore nightclub, wouldn't sound out of place on a Lindsey Buckingham solo album. Or in "Crick in My Neck," with its swooping doo wop background harmonies, chiming guitars, and galloping hooks. Or "Windfall," with its pristine acoustic guitar lines, McCombs' soaring vocals, and lovely yearning melody. Still, those artistic tendencies do keep popping up, mostly in the lyrics but occasionally in his habit of stretching his voice past its range and yelping to make a point check "Lionkiller" or "Wheel of Fortune". It can prove off-putting when it occurs, but mostly McCombs maintains a steady balance between weirdness and accessibility on the album. Anyone who finds comfort in the soft melancholy of Iron & Wine, the intimate vulnerability of the first Rogue Wave album, or again, the willful iconoclasm of Lindsey Buckingham's best work will find much to admire here. If you can connect with the left-field nature of the lyrics and the occasional flights of artistic fancy, you might even find love with Dropping the Writ.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • Label: Domino
  • UPC: 801390015816
  • Catalog Number: 158
  • Sales rank: 342,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lionkiller (4:31)
  2. 2 Pregnant Pause (3:29)
  3. 3 That's That (4:15)
  4. 4 Petrified Forest (3:59)
  5. 5 Morning Shadows (2:56)
  6. 6 Deseret (3:54)
  7. 7 Crick in My Neck (4:19)
  8. 8 Full Moon or Infinity (4:25)
  9. 9 Windfall (4:48)
  10. 10 Wheel of Fortune/Healing (14:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cass McCombs Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Travis Graves Vocals
Luke Top Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Trevor Shimizu Guitar
Matt Popieluch Acoustic Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals
Rob Barbato Theremin
Garrett Ray Drums
Orpheo McCord Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Jerry Di Rienzo Engineer
George Horn Mastering
Cass McCombs Composer, Sound Effects, Engineer
Luke Top Engineer
Albert Herter Paintings
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