The Ugly Organ
Author: Will Hermes
03/14/2003 | Entertainment Weekly | Feature
Tim Kasher is a veteran of Omaha's band scene, a.k.a. the new indie-rock Camelot (see Bright Eyes, the Faint, and so on), and like his kin, he tends toward acute self-awareness and the prominent display of heart, entrails, etc. on his sleeve. But Organ raises the Saddle Creek bar in terms of sheer psychatric-rock intensity. A set of spasmodic rants and cello-spiked anthems, it flirts with searing regret and suicidal tendencies; "I'm ready to settle down now, so get that man out of my bed/ I want my daughter back now"goes one unsettling verse. It can make for difficult listening. Yet, like the best rock purging, it can also be remarkably therapeutic.
The caterwauling "Art Is Hard"("Fall in love to fail/To boost your CD sales") is a punk meta-fictionist's take on "Suffer to Sing the Blues."A-