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Cass McCombs

A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc.


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This overdue compilation collects obscurities from Cass McCombs' unruly songbook. It's a motley patchwork, but one that never fails to fascinate, with a tracklist that skips from White Light/White Heat-style rave-ups to Beatles-esque grandeur to modern protest music. While there's a critical tendency to link McCombs to the current generation's crop of mellow troubadours, in truth, he's a more disruptive presence, with an old-fashioned knack for narrative and zero interest in sustaining an easygoing mood. As is typical with this decidedly atypical songwriter, the humor is wry (sometimes morbidly so), the observations astute, and the glimmers of earnestness disarming. (

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