Burst and Bloom
07/23/2001 | Rollerberby Superstar | Album Review
Cursive are definitely the Saddle Creek band with the heaviest sound, and from the opening moments of the Burst and Bloom EP, the band does not show any signs of softening. "Sink to the Beat" is a classic statement of purpose song, with goofy self-referential commentary and clever lyrics outlining their marketing plan that sound like they are only half-kidding. But what really makes this song is the heavy, Fugazi-style dub feeling that flows through the beginning and slowly gives way to a heavier, powerful ending. "Tall Tales, Telltales" is a spooky little number that features Tim Kasher's nuanced vocals nicely. "Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me" is a definite highlight, with strong stacatto rhythms and more strong vocal contributions from Kasher. A short interlude between tracks four and five suggest the Cursive crew may be speaking science with their local counterparts The Faint. The final track, "Fairytales Tell Tales" does all the things the final track of an EP should do, hinting at the band's next release and providing solid closure to this twenty-two minute piece of tasteful post-hardcore.