Wit's End - Cass McCombs
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter, dubbed "unobtrusively brilliant" by John Peel, releases his fifth LP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Apr 22, 2011
    84
    So yeah, this record is a downer. But there's rare beauty in such darkness, too-- just look at forebears like Leonard Cohen, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake. Or even Edgar Allan Poe. Because, along with its mopiness, WIT'S END is creepy as hell.
  2. May 17, 2011
    80
    Hard to get a handle, but easy to love. [May 2011, p.119]
  3. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    All of Cass McCombs' deliberate ambiguities add up to a beguiling character worth shouting about, even if he's not willing to do it himself. Give this album a spin and join its gently strident fan base.
  4. May 16, 2011
    78
    The preambular Wit's End (hopefully he hasn't reached his) primes McCombs for the '10s with piano lamentations marking another well-paced (albeit drowsier) long-player.
  5. 70
    He knows his 1970s AM-radio rock ballads, his English pastoral folk.
  6. 70
    No prizes for guessing who's been reading Guy Debord then, but it's these touches as well as his reverb-laden sound that makes him vaguely modern, unlike some folk artists who'd be happier pretending the 20th century never even happened.
  7. Apr 29, 2011
    40
    Unafraid of bursting your bubble, Wit's End crawls and slithers slowly, touching upon the darkest of themes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Apr 27, 2011
    10
    Lovely and quiet album with some intricate songs. Some people will miss a few upbeat tracks, but imho they would ruin the atmosphere of the album. I'll be listening this one for a long time. Expand
  2. May 1, 2011
    8
    Wit's End is a great record although it doesn't hold any tracks that Catacombs did have, the tracks that jump right off the headphones to you. "County Line" comes close but it is certainly no "Don't Vote" or "You Saved My Life". Besides that however, McCombs has made the best record of his career and at this point, I think he's successfully proven that now with this assortment of songs, he's simply making his music and you can't really compare him to anyone else anymore. I'm not so sure that could be said before Wit's End. Expand