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The Ugly Organ

Author: Adam
03/17/2003 | Forgetyesterday.com | www.forgetyesterday.com | Album Review
Cursive delivers their fourth full-length with a lot of new things and a lot of the same.  2001's Burst and Bloom EP introduced us to the current Cursive line-up which features the usual suspects plus the addition of cello player, Gretta Cohn.  The Ugly Organ sees Greta taking a bigger part in the songwriting, resulting in much more pronounced cello lines. 
This is Cursive's first attempt at a concept album and they pull it off quite well.  The liner notes (no pictures) feature stage directions which build a story along with the lyrics somewhere along the lines of Phantom of the Opera meets Frankenstein meets Jeckyl and Hyde. 
While this record does feature a few heavier hitting tracks like "Butcher the Song" and "A Gentleman Caller", it also sees them exploring some more orchestrated tunes, "Driftwood: A Fairy Tale" and "Staying Alive". 
Overall, this is definitely Cursive's best work to date, though I wish it was longer.  12 tracks in just over 40 minutes, but two of them are of the under-a-minute-intro-type variety.  As an added bonus there are four live videos included: "Art is Hard", "A Gentleman Caller" , "Sink to the Beat", and "the Martyr";  which helped to compensate for what it lacks in length.
The Ugly Organ

The Ugly Organ

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