The Ugly Organ
Author: Josh Scheuerman
03/01/2003 | slug magazine | www.slugmag.com | Album Review
With their visit last month still burning in my mind, I listened to this disc with new interest. This perverse play of play of passion and loss reads like a tragic fairy tale gone to the circus. The first single and the strongest rock song, "Art is Hard," explains the struggle to be yourself or at least impersonate other persons. "The Butcher Song" and "The Gentleman Caller" start out with heavy organ and disjointed structure, but pull through to reveal the beautiful calms after the storm. From live performance to recorded tracks, Cursive has transferred that energy to to bring together something both unique and powerful. Tim spent several weeks here in Utah with a collapsed lung on tour as he sings "I've decided tonight I am staying alive just kicking and screaming." He has lived his dreams and nightmares to bring it live.
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