Mama, I'm Swollen
Author: Jill Menze
Cursive has never been a band to rest on its laurels, opting to shake things up effort to effort from 2000's painstakingly raw "Domestica," to the conceptual masterpiece "The Ugly Organ" and 2006's wildly bombastic "Happy Hollow." On "Mama, I'm Swollen," the band revisits the darker, aggressive rock of its early career, matched with the bigger production values of later albums. Bright horns and organ liven up the rousing chorus of "I Couldn't Love You Anymore," sax bursts carry along the jaunty tune of "Caveman," while the punishing "In the Now" and drum-heavy title track find Cursive rocking out at its best. Lyrically, frontman Tim Kasher never misses a step (see the men-as-animals "From the Hips" and "Donkeys), proving once again why he's among indie rock's greats.