Saddle Creek | Cursive | Reviews


8 Teeth to Eat You

Author: Lucas Sikorski
06/04/2002 | Emmie | Album Review
5,675 (scale of 1-10,000)
On the Eight Teeth to Eat You split EP, Cursive returns with their distinct style of aggressive and shifting rhythms overlapped with melodic but angry vocals and guitars. With the addition of a new cellist on the Burst and Bloom EP earlier this year, it was quite interesting to see how Cursive would incorporate this new element, expecting they would possibly push their sound in new directions on future releases. However, the cello mostly serves to accompany and underscore the increasingly dark mood of this band. The first track opens with a haunting cello line that quickly turns to sound attacking, with the rest of the song developing to sound like the Cursive of the past, only angrier. As one might have come to expect, these songs are rich with storytelling lyrics describing nostalgia and bitter jealousy over past relationships. Tim Kasher continues to use extreme vocal contrasts from a moaning whisper to outright yelling and some rather nice melodies to the band's advantage. Cursive's songwriting seems to be heading in a darker and more complex direction, which unfortunately results in weaker songs.
Coming from Japan, Eastern Youth contributes four incredibly long and generic pop/emo songs. While sharing a few stylistic features with Cursive (namely a driving bass and drum sound), this band plays a much more upbeat and happy style of music. Unfortunately, it's difficult to sum up what this band provides lyrically since they are only given in Japanese.
The Eastern Youth tracks are almost tolerable, but if Cursive is what you are really interested in, just hope they are saving their better material for their upcoming full-length next May.