Mangy Love

Cass McCombs - Mangy Love
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #170 / 758
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Based on 97 ratings
2016 Ratings: #117
August 26, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Pitchfork

On his eighth album, the singer-songwriter connects his gentle, acerbic soul to his most politically charged, well-stated, and funniest songs.

80
NME

This gnarly, nomadic songwriter has honed his grubby poetry over the 13 years since debut album ‘A’, and he continues to combine it with humour, surreal imagery and deeply melodic folk-rock here.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Mangy Love is a terrific, bizarre album made up of familiar parts rearranged into something new, unfamiliar, and offbeat.

80
Exclaim!

It's not just McCombs' Technicolor aspirations that make his latest, Mangy Love, so absorbing, but his generous use of instrumentation and collaboration.

80
AllMusic

Those who don't process the lyrics will be missing a lauded part of the McCombs experience, Mangy Love, arguably more than ever, works as a musical expression alone, mixing the sometimes caustic lyrics and roguish indie touches with an overriding smooth '70s veneer.

80
NOW Magazine

It is songwriting that somehow avoids feeling songwriterly, undercutting its own sophistication with crassness, borrowing liberally from a broad range of genres, and unafraid to occasionally wander into the Jam Zone.

80
Drowned in Sound

Mangy Love makes itself distinct from its predecessors with its outright jazziness and ethereality.

80
Rolling Stone

His latest shows a low-key master at work, and not in a bubble.

80
PopMatters

On Mangy Love, he continues this attentiveness to character creation, draping a new dramatis personae in a billowing glow of soft rock, Philly soul, and cryptic folk.

80
No Ripcord

The creative zeal McCombs displays on Mangy Love, and his willingness to take some chances, even if low stakes, engages both the heart and the mind.

79
Paste

Though Mangy Love is well constructed, the album at times has a slippery feel, and some of the songs can just slide by without making the impression it seems like they should.

75
Consequence of Sound

Mangy Love explores new sonic directions for McCombs without drifting too far away from his past. He works in a variety of styles here, yet keeps continuity through politically charged lyrics and imaginative storytelling.

70
American Songwriter

This is shrewd, layered music that demands the songs be mulled over and scrutinized; even if that may not provide answers to questions McCombs poses.

60
Spin

It shows divergent aspects of Cass, at his most subtle, resonant, and resplendent, and at others, his most maddeningly repetitive and scabby.

60
The Guardian

here’s a lot here that’s really terrific, where the oddness of the lyrics and the mood of the music match perfectly and disconcertingly, as on "In a Chinese Alley". But the missteps, when they come, are jarringly horrible.

60
DIY

The laidback, psych-tinged nature of his sound has always sounded like something from a bygone era anyway, so the fact that he’s gone sociopolitical on ‘Mangy Love’ sounds a little jarring in theory. In practice, the results are mixed.

Doofy
88
Cass buffs up his style to within an inch of its life, conjuring up a smooth retro 70s feel that pairs surprisingly well with his understated take on song writing.

If you want an old school album of '12 good to excellent songs on a 45 minute or thereabouts disc' then this is your boy
rosevean
80
Combination of various genres and times is interesting.

#1 Bum Bum Bum / #2 Rancid Girl / #3 Laughter Is the Best Medicine
#7 Cry / #8 Run Sister Run / #10 It
82
fav tracks: Bum Bum Bum, Opposite House, Cry, In a Chinese Alley
Clockstopper
90
this album is so musically diverse, the instrumentation is perfect and so detailed. The lyrics are great
Cant get enough out of this album
Fav tracks: bum bum bum, opposite house, low flying bird (the guitar is brilliant) cry
Sinestroll
88
•••••: Bum Bum Bum | Opposite House | Cry
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Track List

  1. Bum Bum Bum
  2. Rancid Girl
  3. Laughter Is the Best Medicine
  4. Opposite House
  5. Medusa's Outhouse
  6. Low Flyin' Bird
  7. Cry
  8. Run Sister Run
  9. In a Chinese Alley
  10. It
  11. Switch
  12. I'm a Shoe
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