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Cass McCombs


Tenth studio album from the California-born singer-songwriter

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Pinning this endlessly complex songwriter’s work down to a single tagline or meaning is unwise. His songs are not always easy, they’re not always straightforward, but 10 albums in, they’re mounting up to create one of the most impressive bodies of work of the century so far. Print edition only

  2. 8.4 |   Northern Transmissions

    This album of impressively constructed songs, with deeply passionate (and compassionate) poetry, is, like the title of the record suggests, the meeting of mind and heart
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  3. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Across a casually sublime album, Cass McCombs is at his most confident and intentional, constantly returning to the imagery of music and the casualties of a life devoted to making and sharing art
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Cass McCombs remains as earnest and heartfelt as ever on Heartmind
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    McCombs ultimately delivers one of his catchiest and most uplifting albums to date, while touching on enough various musical styles, improvisation, relaxed melodicism, light hooks, and wit to satisfy fans of most any of his previous work
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The turbulent, everyday lives of others populate the California singer-songwriter’s masterly new album
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    10 albums in, he's more than capable of looking at the world differently all by himself. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It’s McCombs as we best know him, and as he concludes on Music Is Blue: “I wouldn’t have it any other way”
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Cass McCombs honed his craft years ago, but still has the ability to surprise on his tenth album
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  10. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Deceptive in its superficial simplicity, Heartmind is an album that demands, then requites, love and attention
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    McCartney is this music’s favourite Beatle, bossa nova its natural lilting, airy condition
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  12. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    As McCombs pushes into the double-digits of his discography, he’s still relying heavily on the structures he’s built around himself and it’s a successful formula as always
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  13. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Those who love to deconstruct and dissect character, plot and symbolism will have enough material for a dozen theses
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