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Burst and Bloom

Author: Sean Carlson
07/23/2001 | Just Another Scene | | Album Review
Cursive's latest CD, a five song EP titled "Burst and Bloom," will be released on Nebraska's Saddle Creek in July 2001. And I would suggest that anybody who has listened to this "indie" band before, and even those who haven't, ought to check it out at the very least.

Now "Domestica" is a rather untouchable release, and I honestly don't think any song can ever be as driving as "After the Movies"... but this is definitely a remarkable attempt without sounding the exact same. The five songs on this CD vary in energy levels but remain true to the Cursive sound, which is a rather distinct one if you ask me - Tim Kasher's vocals are so recognizable (in a good way).

I was a little skeptical when I read that the five new songs were accompanied with a cello, but don't let that fool you. It doesn't detract anything at all from the energy of the band... still the balance of distinct singy/talky/melodic vocals with the perfectly incorporated (but only sporadically at that) urgent screams. The cello addition lays down a "pretty" background, particularly on my favorite song -- "Fairy Tales Tell Tales." ("Tall Tales, Telltales" is also my favorite song... I'm split.)

And I don't think there's actually anyway to describe the lyrics. You just have to read them. And/or hear them. Saddle Creek puts out records by the two acts who write some of the most astounding, honest, and beautiful words to accompany the rock - Bright Eyes and Cursive. And since this is a Cursive review, I can't really comment on Bright Eyes a ton... but beginning with the introspective analysis of the band from its own point of view (in the first track -- "Sink to the Beat") and continuing on to a broader analysis of human nature, actions, and love throughout the rest of the disc, the lyrical content is almost as astounding as the music layered around it.

When this release actually comes out (if it's already out when you're reading this too...) you ought to do yourself a favor and give your ears a special treat.
Burst and Bloom

Burst and Bloom

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