We Live on Cliffs
Author: Greg Edwards
01/04/2011 | Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog | gapplegateguitar.blogspot.com | Album Review
Tim Kasher of Cursive and The Good Life has put together a concept album. Now I'm predisposed to like such things, to have greater expectations of them than of the random collections of songs one usually finds. This one is a kind of biography of a relationship and the main character's crisis of identity, as the couple gradually slips into adulthood, suburbanity, and dysfunction. Is it depressing? No, it's a telling of a personal truth in an ambitious musical suite of the pop-rock sort.OK. The title is "The Game of Monogamy" (Saddle Creek). I like the narrative form, the orchestral touches and the poignant expression of a lost youth.It's something good, something a little different, and perhaps an acquired taste. It took me a few listens. Then I got it. It portrays the midlife crises of a man who has forgotten why he decided to go the way he did. A novel in music. For the thinking person.