The Ugly Organ
Author: Scott Harrell
The idea of a band whose main songwriter puts his private hurt into his public work doing a concept album about a band whose main songwriter puts his private hurt into his public work sounds patently ridiculous. But Cursive's Tim Kasher is a man well known for thinly veiling his personal life in urgent, vaguely mythical musical catharsis, and The Ugly Organ is the band's most expansive and compelling record to date. From the throbbing soundtrack to some circus of the damned to tracks that jaggedly reinvent danceable New Wave (an association inspired in no small part by Kasher's Robert Smith-esque wailings), The Ugly Organ pulls it off by juxtaposing earnest soul-searching with multi-layered metaphor and some black comedy.