PREfection [Bonus Track]

PREfection [Bonus Track]

by Cass McCombs
     
 

Baltimore resident Cass McCombs makes the kind of swoony, off-kilter pop that was loved by anorak-clad teenagers in the 1980s, and his delicate, beautiful sophomore album, PREfection, would sit nicely next to records by Prefab Sprout, the Go-Betweens, and the Smiths. The latter seem to be a particularly strong influence: Like…  See more details below

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Baltimore resident Cass McCombs makes the kind of swoony, off-kilter pop that was loved by anorak-clad teenagers in the 1980s, and his delicate, beautiful sophomore album, PREfection, would sit nicely next to records by Prefab Sprout, the Go-Betweens, and the Smiths. The latter seem to be a particularly strong influence: Like Morrissey, McCombs spins dense and literate lyrics, and he doesn't seem to worry about rhyme and meter as long as all the words fit by the time the song finishes. And as with the Smiths' 1984 debut, PREfection is absolutely drenched in reverb, giving the songs a shimmery coating that’s occasionally too murky for the album’s own good. But there's no denying his songwriting, which shines through loud and clear. "Sacred Heart" is easily the album's highlight, full of jangly guitars, swirling synths, and a soaring chorus that will lodge tightly in your brain. The rest of the albums' ten songs are nearly as good. "Bury Mary" is a Velvet Underground-style rave-up featuring an infectious "la-la-la" refrain; on both "Subtraction" and "City of Brotherly Love," McCombs cleverly folds a Motown vibe into his sound; and the lovely, melancholic opener, "Equinox," provides the album's second-best melody. McCombs may still be a few steps away from perfection, but with PREfection he is surely on the right path.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Monitor Records
UPC:
0656605900421
catalogNumber:
20
Rank:
268913

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