The Stranger, May 15, 2002

UP & COMING
By Sean Nelson

CASS McCOMBS, THE ANCHORS, AMY BLASCHKE

(CoCA) It's hard to say or even know why, but I was prepared for Cass McCombs to be the kind of artist I am supposed to like but don't. What a relief, then, to be so bowled over by his new record, A, and his EP Not the Way. The songs are smart, sad, and funny in all the best measures, he sings like Rufus Wainwright without the acrobatics (or like Lou Reed with melodies), and his miserablism maintains the heart of a romantic. Anyone who sings, "I wanna be famous for falling in love" is more than okay by me. Also: Amy Blaschke is an amazing singer and songwriter with a great band. Seattleites must seek out her Red Letter LP and see her live soon. Like tonight maybe.


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