• Record Label: Anti-
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2022
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Aug 15, 2022
    90
    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. [Sep 2022, p.16]
  2. Aug 22, 2022
    81
    This flow between music and message animates the record and complicates its plainspoken lyrics.
  3. Aug 30, 2022
    80
    As ever, he refuses to offer any easy answers, leaving the listener beguiled.
  4. 80
    The infectious results deserve to elevate McCombs beyond his durable cult hero status.
  5. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    Album of knotty nuance bathed in melodic succour.
  6. Aug 18, 2022
    80
    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.
  7. Aug 18, 2022
    80
    At only eight tracks, Heartmind is a perfect length to listen to multiple times. If a song doesn’t grab you the first time around, upon repeat listens the nuances that are layered throughout tend to pop out and give the listener a new appreciation for it.
  8. Mojo
    Aug 15, 2022
    80
    Heartmind is unlikely to break him out of the smoked-glass shell of cultdom. ... Yet this album does display notable lushness. ... It proves McCombs doesn't need any dream machine to induce new visions: 10 albums in, he's more than capable of looking at the world differently all by himself. [Sep 2022, p.84]
  9. Aug 15, 2022
    80
    It is a warm and free record, benefitting from the improvised jam sessions that took place on both US coasts in Brooklyn and Burbank. You can feel the sense of openness at either end of Heartmind’s musical spectrum.
  10. Aug 15, 2022
    80
    Deceptive in its superficial simplicity, Heartmind is an album that demands, then requites, love and attention. It’s at times evasive, often ambiguous, always sophisticated, and never much less than compelling. For those willing to dedicate their time to exploring its shadowy riches, it’s a gratifying if elusory pleasure.
  11. Aug 15, 2022
    80
    It was inspired partly from the loss of close friends, but the mood is rarely sombre. More it seems to have galvanised McCombs' focus, adding a heft of sincerity to his occasionally flippant style.
  12. Aug 18, 2022
    76
    As the music fades in and out on the eight-minute closing title track, one can only imagine that boat in the water, the burning hot summer sun melting you down, and those slow but powerful waves washing you away. This is what it feels like to listen to Cass McCombs, especially nowadays.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. Aug 22, 2022
    9
    very good music from cass once again ! one great track after another. cass is consistent and good.
  2. Aug 22, 2022
    8
    I don't understand why this album is getting review bombed. It's really lovely. Be skeptical of red reviews.
  3. Aug 19, 2022
    6
    Cass McComb doesn't really evolve here more than he does refine. Delivering what he's done the best way he could. It's a intimate folk recordCass McComb doesn't really evolve here more than he does refine. Delivering what he's done the best way he could. It's a intimate folk record that would fit well in rainy cold days ,alone with your thoughts Full Review »