The Ugly Organ
Cursive, being one of my favorite bands, had a lot to live up to with this release. Usually, when I absolutely love a band's records, they tend to fail to top themselves, and thus I get disappointed. This is definitely an exception. The first few listens, I had a hard time swallowing this album and Cursive's new sound. Not that Cursive have strayed too far away from their post-hardcore, post-emo, indieish sound they had before, but now that they are writing songs with the cello in mind, things start to change up a little bit. I've had this album for almost 2 months as of this point, and it is already my favorite album as of right now. Cursive have somehow topped themselves yet again, and they continue to amaze me. Tim Kasher and Ted Stevens' dual guitar work is mind boggling at times, while the songs are typically slow to mid-tempo, the guitar work gives the songs a chaotic feel. The cello work, also, is downright amazing, it stands out mainly on 'Some Red Handed Slight of Hand', which is a 2 minute musical marvel. The album is filled with more of the amazing lyrics that have come to be expected of Tim Kasher, not to mention his raspy passionate vocals that help give Cursive their signature sound. Stand out tracks include:
Some Red Handed Slight of Hand: Just under 2 minutes in length, but one of the most amazing tracks on the album still. Definitely different than most everything you've heard from Cursive.
Art is Hard: Another self-analytical song basing itself on Cursive's place in the music scene, reminiscent of 'Sink to the Beat'.
and my personal favorite, Driftwood: In this song, Tim uses imagery from the fairytale, 'Pinocchio', and it simply comes out beautifully.
I recommend this album for fans of good music.