Burst and Bloom
07/23/2001 | Fungamemassive | Album Review
This is the latest from these midwestern post-hardcore/indie-rock legends. The EP contains five songs of goodness, clocking in at over twenty-two minutes. After the departure of Stephen Pedersen's vocals for Chapel Hill and The White Octave, Ted Stevens from Lullaby for the Working Class continues to add his words and voice to this project. Interestingly and amazingly, Stevens is able to construct the quality and intenseness of early Cursive but without necessarily replicating Pedersen. A nice addition to the outfit is Gretta Cohn on cello. All of the songs on the EP are distinct and well done. Burst and Bloom inaugurates with "Sink to the Beat," a self-analytic song about Cursive while giving a shout out to the Hill in describing their sound. The second song, "The Greatest Decay," by far is the most intricately guitar-laden song on the record with an awesome of breakdown that climates an intense section near the end that will you keep you rocking all night. "Tall Tales, Telltales" has this creepy 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' riff that haunts your mind hours after hearing it. While walking along with an ordinary main to the song "Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?," Cursive moves on to blast through an excellent chorus woven with the cello; reminding one of the Police. The final track "Fairytales Tell Tales" is a more straightforward mixing of thumping guitars and quiet sections of cello. This EP is an excellent follow up to Domestica, overtaking that release in song structure maturity in a number of ways. A must have for any fans, even remote, of Cursive.