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Tip Of The Sphere

Cass McCombs

Tip Of The Sphere

Ninth studio album from the California-born singer-songwriter, produced by Dan Horne

ADM rating[?]

7.5

Label
Anti/Epitaph
UK Release date
08/02/2019
US Release date
08/02/2019
  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Represents McCombs' practised skill as a shaper of his own world, with pride in his craft, a deep respect for tradition and the drive to refresh it via his own, idiosyncratic iteration. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    McCombs' guitar has never sounded so subtle. The way he weaves around it his vocal lines is often exquisite
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    He maintains a sense of worldliness and top-tier deftness as a songwriter
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Tip of the Sphere's greatest riches, though, lie in McCombs' mystical, questing songcraft. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Q

    There are moments in early listens of the album when the attention begins to meander, only to be drawn back in by a lyrical quirk, or a sudden musical volte face, so that by the sixth roll about the turntable this seems a wholly differently textured record to when you began. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   DIY

    A near-flawless documentation of the end of times
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Tip Of The Sphere’s captivating spontaneity is enough to keep fans content for the next two years until McCombs re-emerges from the studio
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  9. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The reserved bandleader incorporates more classic rock references than usual, but they’re the frames for subtleties and surprises within
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    This former skateboarder, long keen on mind-expanding substances, is no longer playing the role of wastel busker with a guitar and a piercing stare, but rather settling into a new one – that of road-wizened seeker, deep-seated musicality to the fore
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  11. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    As intricate as any of his work before it
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  12. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    A charmingly rough-edged collection of sincere alt-country rambles and experimental grooves
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  13. 7.5 |   The 405

    Whilst not standing toe-to-toe with the very best of McComb’s discography, Tip of the Sphere is as good a soundtrack to The End Times as anything he’s done
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  14. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    Another impressive notch in the belt of a talented artist whose unusual, often offbeat approach is what makes him so distinctive, entrancing and appealing
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  15. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    It’s deceptively chill music that, like most of McCombs work, honors the past while steeling itself for the future
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  16. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    McCombs is one of the most masterful proponents of Americana working today, although that’s not to say there aren’t surprises here
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  17. 7.0 |   The Music

    All in all this feels like an intimate set of creative and explorative musical expositions. Eloquent, contemplative and for the most part intriguing and absorbing
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  18. 6.0 |   Clash

    This album is a black-belt in terms of song writing and instrumentation…but when McCombs’ lyrics can’t match up, ‘Tip Of The Sphere’ sounds like it’s limping
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  19. 6.0 |   NME

    He’s a unique talent, no doubt, and has once again made a work on his terms. It’s at times an exasperating listen, but that’s kind of the point
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  20. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    A record that never quite seems to find its feet, despite having a plethora of creative and interesting ideas
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