Tim Kasher and Co. may as well tell us that Saint Nick was a jolly old creature dreamt up by our bitterly divorced parents as he is teaching us the truth about the local preacher ["At Conception"], evolution! ["Big Bang"] and the core meaning of our days ["Dorothy at Forty"]. You'd think these Cursive fellas were born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia with all the open-minded thought towards "our Father who were'th created". The truly scary part is the conviction by which these 4 grown men [yes, cellist and fifth member Gretta Cohn was sadly told not to return - in her place are horns and, surprisingly, a gospel choir!] unveil these time proven facts about creation and our purpose in life.
Undoubtedly a Cursive album from start to finish, with Ted Stevens fronting vocally on three songs [he wins big on "Flag and Family"] - Happy Hollow is as artistic a statement as any Cursive outing from the archives to date. It's just a shame the guys had to oust a talented and admired member in the process. The good, the bad and the ugly.