Burst and Bloom
Author: Johnah Brucker-Cohen
09/01/2001 | Magnet Magazine | Album Review
Cursive singer/guitarist Tim Kasher is both self-reflexive and accurate when he opens this EP with a narrative of his band's publicity campaign: "They got a good fanbase/They've got integrity/They've got a D.C. sound/Shudder To Think/Fugazi/And Chapel Hill around the early 90's." These days, it seems every review of giddy-boy hardcore bands puts them in two categories (emo and more emo), but the inventive Cursive never tries to be anything except itself. "Tall Tales, Telltales" begins with Gretta Cohn's quite cello interlude and slowly erupts into a noisy chorus fueled by Kasher's overpowering voice. More danceable is the punchy "Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?" which features guitartist Ted Stevens (Lullaby for the Working Class) interjecting treble-laden bursts of string energy.