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Cursive's Domestica

Author: Lee Chung Horn
11/01/2000 | Beta Music | | Album Review

When punk rock courts an art sensibility higher than that of flannel, snot or safety pins, you know you're on to something really interesting. Well, Tim Kasher's band Cursive seems to have graduated to new aspirations. Domestica's CD art displays a series of carefully staged photographs. There are two protagonists, a pair of young lovers and they are seen in various poses: in each other's arms, at a dance and at dinner. The clothes and accessories include tie, jacket, nicely styled hair, blue lampshade and makeup. It's almost like something the Magnetic Fields or, better yet, Swing Out Sister, might embrace. But play the disc, and it's ground zero punk rock - embattered, snarling and unapologetic. Listen closer and you're likely to conclude that this might be the year's best punk rock album. Kasher visits and revisits emotional terrain lesser punks lack the depth to examine, and his band thrashes like premium Fugazi. Members of Lullaby for The Working Class (Ted Stevens and the Mogis brothers) help out, but the overwhelming vision belongs to Kasher whose recent divorce bleeds into the tracks like a freshly sliced artery. A marital rock opera, Domestica manages to be troubling, intense and cathartic in one conflicted breath.
Cursive's Domestica

Cursive's Domestica

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