6/19/2000 | Held Like Sound | Album Review
I've passively been buying Cursive records the past few years, but none of them has impressed me as much as Domestica, their third full length. Written just as Tim Kasher--singer/songwriter for the band--got divorced, Domestica contains nine tracks of anger, rage, and loss. Usually, I'm not the one for break-up records, but the intelligent lyrics and dynamic musicianship make the potentially melodramatic material personal and genuinely moving. There are some great moments here that surpass anything I've heard recently--like the line “your tears are only alibis" in “The Martyr", or the lovely piano in “Making Friends and Acquaintances"--moments which stick with you for days and demand you go back to them again and again. Although I'm not one to make statements like “this is the best record of all time", Cursive's Domestica will undoubtedly end up on my top ten for the year, sitting somewhere near the top spot. Trust me, if you're sick of the derivative crap that's been calling itself “rock music" lately, you can't go wrong with this one. If you've been waiting for that record that makes you feel just like the first Fugazi EP made you feel, this is the one.