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I Am Gemini

Author: Eddie Thomas
03/07/2012 | | | Record Review
To me, Cursive are easily among the coolest bands on earth. Unfortunately (in some respects, though perhaps not for their credibility), the same factors which make them cool will probably prevent them from ever becoming rich bloated rock stars; though of course if they were to get there, they wouldn't be cool anymore.

Cursive, you see, can really play. In fact, their command of their instruments, and the complex yet fluid and dynamic arrangements they construct within their compositions are outstanding; in recent years, only At The Drive In could be said to have come close in these two respects. Their six albums to date have also been concept pieces; although concept albums have felt outdated (as a concept!) since their '70's heyday, Cursive have returned to the format in the hope that the messages and stories they hope to convey will be more fully realised and explained through these means. So hit singles would appear unlikely.

Not that that of course matters; especially considering "I Am Gemini" is perhaps their most complex, unconventional and profoundly-thought-out record to date. Based on the story of Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth, one of whom is good and one who is evil, it is bewildering, bewitching and utterly cutting edge, frequently employing time changes and dynamics which shouldn't work within the context of rock music yet Cursive's remarkable skills enable them to here. It is another credit to their talents and once again marks them as an absolutely essential band to understand for any student of cutting-edge, intelligently-woven modern rock music.
I Am Gemini

I Am Gemini

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