Help Wanted Nights
Author: Colin Stutz
09/20/2007 | Filter | www.filter-mag.com | Album Review
On the Good Life's fourth long-playing release, Nebraskan indie-rocker Tim Kasher dishes out ten doses of heartbreak that delve into all things romantic. It's become clear that Kasher, who also fronts Cursive, has an obvious flare for the dramatic and it should come as no surprise that Help Wanted Nights is full of ballads of a forlorn lover lucky to be in love. Here, Kasher shows off his singer-songwriter chops with personal serenades layered with a guitar-driven swagger that ranges from Television-like noodling to simple acoustic picking. There is a sense of simplicity built on a foundation of confident songwriting, and a sense of what makes enough enough. It's Kasher's knack for minimalism that moves Help Wanted Nights as it flows in and out, building and falling with intensity. So even when Kasher's earnest lyrics aren't completely fulfilling, his arrangements instill in you a keen respect for an honest and confident songwriter.