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Cass McCombs: Brains And Hearts Alike

Cass McCombs defies classification much of the time: Even the phrase "singer-songwriter" forces him into a category that doesn't quite define him. Sure, he plays guitar and sings, but his surreal, oddball songs often transcend the simple themes of his peers.

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  • Song: "Dreams-Come-True-Girl"
  • Artist: Cass McCombs (featuring Karen Black)
  • CD: Catacombs
  • Genre: Folk-Pop
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hide captionIn "Dreams-Come-True-Girl," Cass McCombs gets down to the business of sounding just plain lovely.

Cass McCombs

In "Dreams-Come-True-Girl," Cass McCombs gets down to the business of sounding just plain lovely.

But on his fourth album, Catacombs, McCombs takes a step back from experimentation and gets down to the business of sounding just plain lovely. "Dreams-Come-True-Girl," featuring guest vocals by Academy Award nominee Karen Black, nails the dreamy, sunshine-infused pop sound that fueled summer anthems in the '50s and early '60s.

"Dreams-Come-True-Girl" still features some of McCombs' peculiarly worded lyrics — "I didn't blast your eyes up to moons / I hope this for you to not be ending very soon" — but they're balanced by Black's own lighthearted plea to "take me out, it's Saturday." McCombs' earnestly meandering vocals, laid over slow-dance percussion and spare strums on a guitar, make for a yearning ballad that appeals to brains and hearts alike.

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