Cass McCombs Big Wheel And Others on 2LP + Download
2013's Big Wheel and Others is Cass McCombs’ seventh-and-a-half album. It comprises twenty-two songs, but “double album” implies bloat, prog, and concept. Big Wheel and Others is a bundle, a bindle, a hay bale, and an oil barrel of songs. Some of the genres that are to be found in varying degrees in the songs on this album are: Road songs, rock songs, folk songs, blues songs, country songs, rhythm and blues songs, skronk non-songs, cinema songs, cult songs, poem songs, jams, and ballads - to use however you wish. It’s brimming with McCombs’ gift for evocative storytelling, discerning introspection, and heartrending melody delivered through a haze of mystery and romance. Within his decade’s worth catalog (most recently 2011’s pair of releases Wit's End and Humor Risk), this is his most encompassing work to date, a bold new chapter in the myth of this fascinating and singular artist.