Author: Adam Christensen
6/19/2000 | University of Buffalo Generation | Album Review
This is an exceptional concept album tracing the downfall of a relationship between characters, “Pretty Baby" and “Sweetie," and paralleling the real life drama of Cursive's tortured singer's love life. The intelligent and, at times, beautifully-painted lyrics are expelled in what seems like limitless variance by lead singer/guitarist Tim Kasher, ranging from sections that are almost spoken rather than sung, to a melodic croon, to an occasional Hot Water Music-like guttural bellow, and these are continually highlighted by the well-placed background vocals of the other members.
As a cohesive whole, the album is incredible, although some songs decisively overshadow others. A liquid flow from song to song is created by fades and clanking electronic sounds somewhat reminiscent of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, and songs are related with occasionally recurring musical and lyrical themes. The guitar work is definately to be heard, with high-pitched, well-placed leads strewn across rough rhythms, brought together in each song's smooth and ofthen catchy pop feel.