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Wit'S End CD


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Having been asked to compose the biographical material for WIT’S END, the new album from Cass McCombs, it somewhat felt like a trap had been set and that I'd willingly walked into it by accepting the challenge. To be forthright, yours truly could be considered neither a casual nor objective observer, having familiarized myself with the subject at hand over the past decade in ... Read more in Amazon's Cass McCombs Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B004PKOL8S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Lonely Doll 5:37£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Buried Alive 5:37£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Saturday Song 5:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Memory's Stain 7:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hermit's Cave 4:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pleasant Shadow Song 4:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Knock Upon The Door 9:23£0.69  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2011
Format: MP3 Download
3.5 stars

Elusive Californian singer Cass McCombs was once described as 'unobtrusively brilliant' by John Peel an apt description for an artist who is probably never destined to overtly trouble the charts but who records music that demands the employment of the term "languid soundscapes". 2011's "Wits end" contrasts with his last album "Catacombs" in the sense that while it was not a bundle of laughs it did contain songs like the lovely Buddy Holly inspired "Dreams come true girl". On this new album the button marked "melancholy" is jammed all the way in with eight wounded songs dealing with themes of loneliness, broken romance and human condition. Some may use the word "depressing" to describe this album and with songs titles like "Buried Alive" and "Memory stain"" you would couldn't envisage Mccombs being the soundtrack in car during these warm spring months as you belt through town with the windows down unable to see through the darkest shades this side of Roy Orbison. Yet contemplative is probably a better word and the two aforementioned songs will repay considerable listens. In particular it is the opener "County line" sung in a light falsetto by Mccombs that impresses most. It is a plaintive treat and a ballad full of hurt. Indeed it reminds you of some of the best of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and if you do no more than download this you want regret it. On the other end of the scale is the near ten minute Tom Waits style conclusion to the album "A knock upon the door" a fine piece of storytelling that doesn't outstay its welcome. But in other areas you sometimes wish that McCombs could lighten up a little and let the sun in. Thus were you ever to play the gloomy "Saturday Song" before reverie on the weekend it would probably ruin your night.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SJ on 26 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
The follow up to 2009's Catacombs sees McCombs in even more haunting mode. Eight songs all pretty much about loneliness, easy listening this is not. Downbeat lyrics, such as on the track Hermit's cave, and very stripped down instrumentation, plus McCombs voice make for a very intense listen.

Very much late night listening, for those cold lonely nights, on first listen Wit's End can be a little too much, but after a few listens the intensity of the words and music is outstanding. A real grower.
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Songs from a front room - the poor guy can't sing and the songs are dreary and bady written - the words don't fit the metre of the the music. How this got released is beyond me - it's not often I buy a CD that moves me to write a review.
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By Oostrijck on 17 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
Oh please come on, you cannot conclude otherwise : this is a true masterpiece. I actually never heard of Cass McCombs before I decided to buy this based on some other reviews. I also bought the twin album Humor Risk, but although good as well, it doesn` t reach the depths that the songs on this album do. Yes, it is melancholly and solemn. It`s also not meanth for main stream pop music lovers. It washes over you with a sense of mystery and I feel privilliged that mr McCombs has given us this cd that you have to experience rather than listen to. Last time I had this feeling was with the albums Last of the country gentlemen by Josh T Pearson and I have to admit True love`s gutter by Richard Hawley. Forgive my english grammar, my first language is Dutch, not English.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4 slow, thoughtful stars 10 Jun 2011
By The Last Person You'd Expect - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One good critic's review I'd read of this (PopMatters, maybe?) said he was probably at his wit's end trying to get people's attention to his remarkable voice and songwriting, and so he called the album that. He really is one of the best singer-songwriters of his style and generation, comparable to Ron Sexsmith or John Vanderslice, among many others, but since it is a quieter album, it takes some more time and effort to get into. Catacombs was one wonderful moment after another, starting with the catchier lead-off track, My Dream-Come-True Girl, which, though it employs 1950's style song structure and backing instruments, ends up being rather hip. Try to find the youtube video with Karen Black if you can. I really can't stress enough how he belongs in the top tier, or at least the next lowest tier, among those mentioned earlier. I might compare him to a later Van Morrison with a younger voice, but that might end up sounding like hyperbole (and it would be, but at times, it comes to mind).

If you've heard the past album, then trust me that this one is just about as good, but you may find the listening experience different. It's a little quieter and dirge-like, not as hook-laden, and the average song is longer, the last one being over nine minutes. I did find the vocal lines to get repetitive in many parts, as they often followed mechanically along the dragging base beats in an a-melodic and predictable way (though this is part of his familiar style). And the subtle sense of humor, or at least the enjoyment of life, that pervaded Catacombs, is hard to find (though it's never melodramatic or rarely depressing), with songs building into small climaxes that result in the songs often slowing down further. It's a very good album for late at night, when the volume needs to be low and only the desklamp is on.. it's soothing like a hot, sweet, lemony cup of tea. While I wouldn't push this on all of my friends, he's one of those singular voices, independent of the fleeting popular styles, that those with more subtle tastes in songcraft would probably find indispensable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A minimalist masterpiece! 21 Jun 2012
By Matthew Abell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Full of such aching restraint and funereal pacing, "Wit's End" uses sparse arrangements to expose Cass McComb's frail and haunting melodies. At first blush, this might sound like a formula that couldn't sustain all eight tracks on the album, but it is no gimmick -- just one great melody after another... And not an instrument or word out of place.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Album 4 Oct 2011
By Michael R. Kotchish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
Great album all the way through. Little darker than his previous work but I was hooked on the first song. Would rate 4 stars but giving it 5 to balance out that idiot's one star review about the condition of the record he ordered.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Songs For Late Night 4 May 2011
By Mark Abrahamsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this, it reminds me of Elliott Smith, Donovan and the Beatles. I can tell it was meticulously written and crafted, resulting in a consistantly exellent work. I think people should take notice of Wit's End, and I'm suprised no one else has reviewed it yet.
it's so right. 27 July 2013
By K. Alebachew - Published on Amazon.com
this album is a slice of sonic heaven.
a futuristic americana realization.
sung with a voice that is the stuff of legends.
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