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I Am Gemini

Author: Kelsey Leach
02/21/2012 | Salt Lake City Weekly | | Record Review
Omaha, Neb.-based indie band Cursive's newest album, I Am Gemini, is a deeply meditative blend of narrative, rock & roll and psychedelia, infused with undertones of ancient myths and moral struggles. The album is frontman Tim Kasher's first attempt at a completely linear narrative—the story of Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth to be reunited to dramatic ends, unfolds from the opening notes through the end of track 13. The band's sound changes with the events in the story, at times wrathfully metallic and, elsewhere, gentle, emulating Explosions in the Sky with a series of dreamlike instrumentals. There is a clearly mythological aspect to the whole thing, with various references to biblical places and Greek gods, paralleled by the constant strife between good and evil that is ever-present. "This House Alive" incorporates all the eerie creaking and calmness that would be expected from such a title, while "The Sun & Moon" and "Twin Dragon/Hello Skeleton" communicate the album's essential theme of duality.

Though it could be considered heavy-handed at times—do we really want to hear that many songs about epic final battles?—it is an admirably cohesive accomplishment from a band that has been around the block a few times and understands what it means to see a vision through to its utmost expression. Saddle Creek, Feb. 21
I Am Gemini

I Am Gemini

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