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When We Break

Author: Katherine Silkaitis
08/15/2005 | Harp | www.harpmagazine.com | Album Review
Nebraska's Saddle Creek Records-home of your Bright Eyes, your Broken Spindles-recently signed Criteria, a project helmed by former Cursive guitarist Stephen Pedersen. Saddle Creek will release Criteria's When We Break on Aug. 23 and follow up on Sept. 27 with a reissue of Criteria's debut, En Garde, originally released on Initial in 2003.
Cursive has resided on the Saddle Creek roster since 2000, and though Pedersen left that band in 1998 to attend Duke University Law School (smart boy!), his departure was amicable and he's remained on Saddle Creek's radar.
Jason Kulbel, the label's manager explained, "He's been around us for a long time, through the Cursive relationship and just as a friend. When he went to law school, we sort of lost touch and really, the first we ever heard of Criteria was a couple of weeks before their first album was going to be released. I don't think he really even considered [Saddle Creek] for putting it out. I don't know what's going on with Initial, but they [Criteria] were looking for a new label and approached us-really, just sent us some demos-and we listened and liked them."
Kulbel described Criteria's music as similar to Cursive "but probably not as jarring and weird as Cursive can be."
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