Mama, I'm Swollen
Author: Doug Wallen
03/22/2009 | Philadelphia Daily News | ww.philly.com
| Album Review
Indie rock is full of young men grappling with adulthood. Cursive's sixth album digs hungrily into the theme, even examining it through the lens of Pinocchio ("Donkeys") and human evolution ("Caveman"). The fact that it's more light of touch than not is a tribute to front man Tim Kasher's casual roaring of urgent, wordy lyrics, not to mention a band that itself has grown up and now embraces jittery pop and cozy orchestration over angular post-punk anthems. That said, the opening "In the Now" will shake awake anyone who expects Mama, I'm Swollen to be as harmless as Kasher's other longtime band, the Good Life. It's a throttling introduction to an album that soars when Kasher avoids cheesy sentiments and simply unburdens his tormented soul.