Mama, I'm Swollen
Author: Jason Gonulsen
Omaha's Cursive really only has one recognizable pace—fast and furious. And minus a bit of moderate cruise control during the latter half of their newest album, Mama, I'm Swollen, this unflappable identity is once again on successful display. "In the Now" gets things cranking, serving as a warning that your ears won't get much of a break in the form of a mournful ballad, and that's fine-- frontman Tim Kasher has the energy to pull off 40 minutes of music that would serve you well on any of your future summer road trips. "Caveman" and "Donkeys" are good examples of thoughtful and precise attempts to corral all the preschool energy of their previous albums and form a straight line to wherever it is they want to go. Surely, they're on their way there.