Burst and Bloom
Author: Peter D'Angelo
The newest EP from Omaha's ambassadors of rock manages to be smart, funny, honest and unrelentingly aggressive... all before the end of the first song. On the heels of last year's phenomenal Cursive's Domestica, "Burst And Bloom" pushes the envelope even further, and while thematically it isn't as highly focused as their last offering, stylistically it may be an even greater achievement. Opening with the wryly self-deprecating "Sink To The Beat," where singer/guitarist Tim Kasher vocalizes the group's, "unique approach to start an EP / intended to shock create a mystique / a shrewd strategy a marketing scheme / building awareness for the next LP," Cursive lives up to their own hype, proceeding to build to one explosive crescendo after another. The choruses are as catchy as ever, and the guitars are even heavier than before, resulting in five new tracks that rank among the best the group has offered. Newest member Gretta Cohn makes a striking debut with her cello playing, especially when she steps to the front of the mix during the triumphantly emotional closer, "Fairytales Tell Tales". The group hasn't dared to tone down its style for the new instrument, but instead worked it right into their technically impressive songwriting. Cursive is one of the best hard rock guitar groups out there, and their ability to consistently push the musical envelope gives them a relevance that most bands can only hope for.