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Album: Humor Risk
# Song Title   Time
1)    Love Thine Enemy
2)    Living Word, The
3)    Same Thing, The
4)    To Every Man His Chimera
5)    Robin Egg Blue
6)    Mystery Mail
7)    Meet Me at the Mannequin Gallery
8)    Mariah (Sketch)
 

Album: Humor Risk
# Song Title   Time
1)    Love Thine Enemy
2)    Living Word, The
3)    Same Thing, The
4)    To Every Man His Chimera
5)    Robin Egg Blue
6)    Mystery Mail
7)    Meet Me at the Mannequin Gallery
8)    Mariah (Sketch)
 
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  • Nomadic lo-fi indie rock malcontent Cass McCombs' sixth album (and second of 2011) begins with the couplet "Love thine enemy/But hate the lack of sincerity," a notion that acts as the foundation for the eight cuts on the hypnotic but illuminating Humor Risk. The aforementioned "Love Thine Enemy" is just one of three slow-burn rockers on the record that bring to mind Kurt Vile fronting the Church; the other two, "The Same Thing" and "Robin Egg Blue," are prettier, but no less dissatisfied. It's a sound and style that work well with McCombs' obvious pop sensibilities, which tend to manifest themselves most successfully when the volume's turned up. Elsewhere, midtempo outings like the slacker-beat poetry anthem "The Living Word" and willowy psych-folk closer "Mariah" paint vivid portraits of amiable dissolution, and the languid and bible-bleak "To Every Man His Chimera" provides the collection's finest sentiment in "Oh, Mary/I'm just too much to carry." ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]owntempo numbers inject venom into plush chords -- see 'To Every Man His Chimera,' a chillingly real diss track that McCombs drapes in found sound."

Spin (p.73) - "McCombs' protests against love's insincerity are lifted by punk-lite bass....Suffering has rarely sounded so comforting."

CMJ - "The album's a marriage of McCombs' poetic and veiled lyrical style, and core Americana musicianship. Drums are snappy, guitars are never ornate, and melodies are at once deceptively simple and ear-catching."

Paste (magazine) - "[With] songs that sound like lost tracks written by George Harrison, focusing on guitar melodies that sound simple but have a single note that makes them anything but."
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