Big Wheel & Others (2Cd)
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 11 October 2103
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.21 x 13.11 x 0.61 cm; 73.99 Grams
- Manufacturer : LHUJW
- Original Release Date : 2103
- Label : LHUJW
- ASIN : B00EMLKV66
- Number of discs : 2
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Big Wheel and Others is Cass' seventh-and-a-half album and the follow-up to the 2011's pair of releases Wit's End and Humor Risk. It comprises twenty-two songs, but "double album" implies bloat, prog, and concept, so, let's stick with "songs." This album is a bundle, a bindle, a hay bale, and an oil barrel of songs. Some of the genres that are to be found in varying degrees in the songs on this album are: Road songs, rock songs, folk songs, blues songs, country songs, rhythm and blues songs, skronk non-songs, cinema songs, cult songs, poem songs, jams, and ballads - to use however you wish.
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So, like a lot of double albums (and the odd triple, you know who you are The Clash) this is pretty good, and worth buying, but it would have made a cracking single album. There are a fair amount of ordinary tracks here (though little filler) and a handful of stone cold classics, and some judicious editing and advice from the producer (Cass himself) would have only have improved things.
Why four stars? Because it sounds so good, and because the good songs are great, and because I've already knocked out a single cd version of this for my iTunes.
If you like Jonathan Wilson, Phosphorescent, Eels and Real Estate, then sign yourselves up for another jangly Telecaster ride.
It is a strong album from a very individual voice who has ideas and musicianship. Q likened him to Rufus Wainwright, and there is a hint of that, but Cass McCombs seems to be rougher and edgier altogether.
I am not sure singling out tracks would do it justice. This deserves 70s style listening as a whole. It will grow and grow by word of mouth over a while I am sure.