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Burst and Bloom

Author: Eric Herboth
07/01/2001 | Lost at Sea | | Album Review
Two or three years ago I was way into Cursive. I'd had their amazing Crank split and Storms of Early Summer long enough to memorize every note. I backtracked and found Such Blinding Stars For Starving Eyes about the same time that my live was emotionally turned upside down. The bitterness, immediacy and tenacity of the vocals and the sheer dynamic force of their instrumentation struck a deep chord with me. I almost broke a dazed sweat while fumbling Cursive's Domestica into my player for the first time but I think
I was ultimately disappointed in the toned down dynamics and more glossy tone the band had taken on. The album, once respected as in the review below, has fallen so far out of favor over time that I didn't even listen to this EP, Burst and Bloom, for several weeks after receiving it. Luckily the album doesn't come out until next month so I've had a long time to digest it.

Being and EP, it didn't really rouse my interest like a full length would have, and I was afraid it was going to sound like Hey Mercedes or something. My attention was immediately grabbed with the opening "Sink to the Beat", a tongue-in-cheek anthem about the band themselves, with the explosive and raw, ragged dynamics that remind me of what I had missed in the last album. The second track sounds a bit like what I was fearing -
technical alterna-pop that would fit on the Vagrant Across America tour and a step in the wrong direction. With my feelings mixed I fell into a dizzying spin over the third track, "Tall Tales, Telltales", which blends two ingredients I did not expect to see in the same pot: Cursive's early exuberance and Kasher's more literary side featured in The Good Life. The chorus infects and the waves are high and swelling. An excellent song all around, followed by "Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?" which is equally as impressive and lyrically catchy but more experimental in guitar work.

I would put this quaint collection of songs on par with Storms of Early Summer both in idea and in deed. With the exception of a cheesy take on experimentalism in the closer that tries to turn itself around in the last minute, this is impressive material that concentrates on effectiveness rather than originality. My interest is again piqued.

Oh yeah, and Cursive is constantly on tour, sharing the stage with like-minded bands such as At The Drive-In and The Murder City Devils. To date they have not played a date with Hey Mercedes.
Burst and Bloom

Burst and Bloom

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