Cursive's Domestica

Author: celeste tabora
11/05/2000 | Pulse of the Twin Cities | Album Review
Dreary pop songs hold a special place in this bruised and beating heart of mine. The way I enjoy the usage of melodic "uh huh huhs" above the wrinkled strums of clangy bright guitars of "The Casualty" are a perfect example of that. Although Tim Kasher (vocals & guitar), having just gone through the aching of divorce, denies all parallels between the seemingly autobiographical mirrors in Cursive's love and hate political content - it is quite hard to push that idea aside. "The lament of Pretty Baby" and "The Game of Who Needs Who The Most" - those titles alone makes my heart break. (Lyrical reference: "A little bit closer/Your lipstick is smudged, dear/Here, let me wipe that smirk off.") Wait until you
witness the sorrowful and bitter manner in which the tunes are performed. The album almost makes the rain want to pour its rage down, and it for sure invites grey skies. The deepness of Matt Maginn's bass takes your hips as if to guide you in the last slow dance with your lover. Drummer Clint Schnase appropriately drives the songs into it's forward and wonderfully harsh movement, while new addition Ted Steven's (of Lullaby for the Working Class fame) guitars layers the songs, filling what could be a terrible gap without his musical input. Each song offers different personalities to the same emotion, sometimes even schizophrenic within individual songs. They offer a fine plank on the bridge between hard rock and melodious pop. Cursive's Domestica is their third (and best) album to date, with the band experimenting with tech-y tricks, abrupt changes in beat and time and interesting tones. Hopefully we will soon see more of this grand evolution of post-rock-ish-pop.
Cursive's Domestica

Cursive's Domestica

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