Author: Phil Freeman
05/21/2000 | Magnet Magazine | Album Review
The members of Cursive have clearly played their Fugazi albums many times. Fortunately, that's not the group's only influence. There's a strong element of mathcore to the band's otherwise fairly indie-centric sound; on many of Domestica's nine tracks, the drum breaks and sudden dissonant riff-shifting could as easily have come from Botch or Deadguy (whose sound is also referenced in the desperate, howling of the vocals). The lyrical content here, though, holds little or none of the rage of the mathcore bands and none of the political earnestness of Fugazi. This is a concept album about main songwriter/vocalist Tim Kasher's divorce, and as such, it's as pitiable and adolescent as any other post-breakup album. Think Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear with none of the vocal prowess and Morrissey helping out on the lyrics, just to add that extra edge of solipsistic wallowing. Kasher rips off Morrissey and Robert Smith's vocal tics fairly often, to disturbing effect. Domestica isn't a particularly atrocious album, and clearly the pain that inspired it is real and deeply felt. But the same could be said of Korn, and all things considered, Cursive's work is just as unnecessary.
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