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Cass McCombs, A (Monitor)
This is one weird as hell album. I still can't tell if I like it or not. McCombs has an oddball voice and his songs are rather abstract. On "I Went to the Hospital" he almost does "A Whiter Shade of Pale" one better. "Gee, It's Good to Be Back Home" is also a nifty song. But there's something about A that doesn't sit well with my ears, and I just don't know what it is. Maybe it's that the songs, while pretty good, just have an unfinished feeling to them. Or maybe it's just that damn voice of Cass' that is hard to penetrate. Either way, A is one strange ride, even if the reasons why will forever escape me.