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Cursive's Domestica

04/11/2001 | | | Album Review
Well I guess I should start with the fact that I always assumed I would hate Cursive. Reference my Tahiti 80 reviews. I am a nice clean girl who does crafts, I wouldn't like something as scruffy and fierce as Cursive, right? Wrong. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I really liked Domestica, after months of turning my nose up and assuming Cursive was not for me, I was converted.

Any person who ever liked some good old fashioned thrash about rock-n-roll is going to like Cursive's Domestica. With songs like "The Martyr", if you have had your heart ripped out and shit on by some self righteous asshole, you will like it even more. These songs are very personal and you can't help but notice. That is what makes them so good. These guys may know how to rock with the best of them and write an awesome mathy-punk song, but underneath it all they are not afraid to let people know that they have feelings too. Really bringing us back to the true meaning of Emo music. Vocal duties are split between Tim Kasher and Ted Stevens, formally of Lullaby for the Working Class. The two different
voices really give the CD a nice contrast, with Tim having a screachier voice and Ted sounding somewhat deeper and smoother.

Chocked full of all the starts and stops you would expect from a midwestern math rock band, in an overly saturated market Cursive seem to bring something new and interesting to the table. Intense lyrics, interesting guitar work, and a rhythm section that rivals the best of them, this is a band to be reckoned with. The diversity of each song makes it hard to pigeonhole or even compare them to any of their contemporaries. Take "Radiator Hums" for example, it smacks of the kind of guitar work that makes Indie snobs cream in their high water pants, then at once it chimes right in with the loud doubled up vocal chorus to bring the Braid worshipers to their knees.

Sure, Cursive is gritty and the tone of these songs is of a jaded love torn person, but, being angry and callous can sometimes come across with so much emotion that it just consumes you. You almost want to keep listening to make sure these songs are not telling some story that are going to climax in some domestic dispute from hell. Or in my sappy case the two major charcters in Domestica, Sweetie and Pretty Baby, reconcile and you want to be there with your box of tissues to hear the whole thing.

Alas, the two lovers never kiss and make up. After listening to stories told in vehemence over tweaked guitars and thick bass lines you realize that to say they parted on bad terms is somewhat of an understatement. I am sad on one hand, but thankful on the other that this happened in order to be the inspiration for such a powerful record. I still prefer my bright and shiny pop songs, but the rough around the edges sounds of Cursive reminds me that sometimes it's good to get down and dirty.
Cursive's Domestica

Cursive's Domestica

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