Lovers Need Layers
Author: Katie Hasty
05/25/2004 | Stop Smiling | www.stopsmilingonline.com | Album Review
For all the incest occurring at Saddle Creek, I deem the dual life of Cursive's/ the Good Life's Tim Kasher to be the most satisfyingly productive, particularly with the release of The Good Life's most recent EP, Lovers Need Lawyers. Sunnier, while still sustaining proper levels of biting sourness and snark, Lovers Need Lawyers is as complete as 6-songs can get before the full-length hits in August. With cunningly catchy melodies like in the title track and Kasher's well-tended anger in "Friction," the fearsome foursome toy with slight distortions in voice and structure (much like contemporaries Hot Hot Heat), Kasher's voice rising like Robert Smith's in complaint about some lover or another. "Entertainer" is a direct hit on the battleship of musician-as-artist, singing, "I'm not an artist, I'm an asshole without a job/ Making money off of alcohol." While most songs tend toward short rather than sweet (the average cut clocking in at around 2'40") the Good Life is coherent and energetic, a grumbling friend you don't mind having around so long as they don't touch your girl.
CD / 10" / MP3