Burst and Bloom
Author: Julie (Binky the Doormat) Devroy
If you're unfamiliar with Cursive, think of them as an indie rock band with about 100 extra shots of rock. Burst and Bloom is a 5-song EP that follows three great albums and a split with Silver Scooter. While their second album, Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song, is firmly lodged as my personal favorite, it didn't get much notice because the band had broken up before its release. They reformed and released Domestica in 2000, and their popularity's been growing exponentially since then. In the eyes of most fans, Domestica was their best collection yet. Those fans need to know that Cursive have upped the ante. The lyrics are just as intelligent, the riffs are just as sharp, and the playing is just as tight, but with every aspect just a little smarter, sharper, tighter...BETTER. A permanent cellist has been added to the lineup; I've never heard cello fit so well in a rock band. Lyrical themes are more diverse than Domestica, with a little tongue-in-cheek, self-referential humor on the opener, "Sink to the Beat." The beat actually steals the show more than once, but the driving dual guitars and Tim Kasher's unmistakable voice will probably be the main reason this band continues to win over new fans. I've heard that this EP was the band's attempt to keep new material out there to buy them time to write a new album. While most bands would throw some scraps, Cursive have delivered an excellent record that just happens to be about half the size of their other albums.