The Ugly Organ
"I'm hidin' in the leaves . . in the cd jacket sleeves". Out with the old, in with the new. Cursive's fourth release, the newest full-length since 2000's 'Domestica', an album autobiographically based around a turbulent relationship, finds Tim Kasher and his extremely talented legion continuing to explore territory it seems they will soon own. Fans of early Cursive albums that have not kept up with the past 2 EP's (the fabulous 'Burst & Bloom', as well as the split with Japan-based Eastern Youth, '8 Teeth to Eat You') will undoubtably notice a much more "matured" approach to what most call "indie rock". The addition of Gretta Cohn on cello will certainly spark a desire to see them live, as she can hold her own in the band with a "I can play as gentle / I can make this instrument bleed" approach that is unlike any other. Fans of Tim's "slower" outlet, The Good Life, will also appreciate nearly each track on 'The Ugly Organ', as the songwriting and pace has made for a "heavier Good Life" type of album. As far as standout tracks are concerned, this entire album shines. I have listened to 'The Ugly Organ' more than any other cd I have come across this year (and many from last year as well), making it a permanent part of my daily thought process. That's not to say this album is 'soft', for it surely has its hungry moments ('Some Red Handed Slight of Hand', "A Gentleman Caller'), and these moments are totally a band at it's best. God bless the Cursive.