Mama, I'm Swollen
Author: Andy Greenwald
In his 14 years fronting Cursive, Tim Kasher has distinguished himself as a relentless crime-scene investigator of millennial hook-up angst, besting the featherweight he said/she said of other emo-teers and instead delving into the psychological viscera of relationships. After the widescreen storytelling of 2006's Happy Hollow, Kasher is back to the microscope and black light, using willful musical twists to tear apart his own thirtysomething hypocrisy on this ambitious, kinda-grossly-titled sixth CD. "I wanna unlearn what I've learned … find a place I can't be found," he moans on the jaunty, horn-drenched "Caveman," and on the histrionic "Mama, I'm Satan" he confesses, "Every record I've written has left me smitten/A career in masturbation." Sure, the tone is serious—hello, planet/placenta comparisons!—but as with any gory crime scene, it's awfully hard to turn away.