First Listen: Cass McCombs, 'Mangy Love'

August 18, 2016 11:00 AM

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First Listen: Cass McCombs, 'Mangy Love'

Recalcitrant singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has never cared for The Man. The quiet iconoclast is about to release his eighth studio album, Mangy Love, and not once has he caved to the whims of labels, critics or fans. That's not to say his music is confrontational; in fact, his '70s AM vibe might go down too smoothly for some. But McCombs' dedication to craft and distaste for compromise is unwavering. It's the kind of steely self-confidence that provides fleeting inspiration to the rebel hiding inside all of us, before we go back to whatever pays our bills.

On Mangy Love, McCombs aims his fascist-killing machine at some controversial topics. Right out of the gate, "Bum Bum Bum" calls out the U.S. military-industrial complex: "You think you've heard it all before / Well, here's once more / We're all at war." In "Run Sister Run," he gets explicit about w...

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