Album of the Year
Author: John Brooks
09/01/2004 | Law of Inertia | Album Review
Tim Kasher is equal parts Lou Reed and The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli. The Good Life, Kasher's side project, puts this odd vocal fusion to better use than his other band, Cursive, does. This is a gem of an indie rock album. while not groundbreaking, it is deeper, better produced, more cohesive, and far more clever than most if its kin. It's due, in no small part, to Kasher's biting, witty lyricism. At its dullest, most self-righteous moments, of which there are few, this lies a little too close to Neutral Milk Hotel or Belle and Sebastian. However, the band is too light-hearted to make that comparison valid. Kasher is a master of his craft, and this album proves he's capable of achieving greatness, if only he could escape from the prison that is the undergrad art student's CD player. While it's true that this will be a favorite among that crowd,it shouldn't be overlooked by the rest of us.