07/03/2000 | Basement-life.com | www.basement-life.com | Album Review
Cursive's third full length comes on the heels of singer and guitarist Tim Kasher's recent divorce and, not surprisingly, is filled with some of his most captivating and emotional music to date. It also marks the reformation of the Nebraska band who called it quits a few years ago when Tim got married. More focused and thematic than previous efforts, Cursive's Domestica sounds almost deceptively tight. Sprawling guitar melodies from Kasher and new addition Ted Stevens (Lullaby for the Working Class) meander throughout a number of the songs and, at times, erupt into brutal yet almost catchy post-hardcore refrains. Backed by a thundering rhythm section, the whisper to scream vocals are enough to bring chills to anyone that has ever experienced even a shadow of what Kasher's words describe. While there are no direct references to Kasher's life, the album's lyrics tell the story of a relationship gone wrong amid alcohol, lies and tears. From fights to suspicion and ultimately to the total surrender of feelings, Cursive present a stark portrait of a total breakdown. Far from endearing, it is the brutal honesty of Domestica that forces you to listen to the story from beginning to end. A triumphant return from an often-underrated band, Cursive's Domestica may be one of the best of the year.
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