The Ugly Organ
Cursive does not hold back with the instrumentation. Songs like "Driftwood", "Art is Hard" and "Sierra" have oscillating levels of intensity, calm at one moment, but thunderous the next. While songs like "Staying Alive" and "Red Handed Slight of Hand", use polyphonic sounds under Kasher's whisper-to-scream vocals to create haunting, rhythmic and epic sounds.
At times, the band gets a little carried away with the larger range of instruments in their inventory making the music a little muddy. Don't get me wrong though, I'm all for the use of a wide range of instruments - in moderation.
Adding to the racket, Kasher's voice has a tone to it that might take you a while to grow to tolerate. It is similar to Cursive's label-mate Conor Oberst's (of Bright Eyes), only harsher and more vibrant.
Listening to The Ugly Organ is like sailing in the middle of a tempest that can't decide whether to spare or impale you on some jagged rocks, but will undoubtedly make you nauseous (a more jostled nausea, not vomit inducing one - if that's possible). Cursive has the hand of God here, if they can relax a little with their instruments and smooth things out, they can still maintain that very original sound they've developed, but sound much cleaner.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / CD / MP3
LP / Deluxe LP / CD / MP3
LP / MP3