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Black Out

Author: Matt DiStefano
06/18/2003 | Rockingthescene.com | www.rockingthescene.com | Album Review
Take two parts Cursive, one part pop song, a dash of Sigur Ros and a lot of heartbreak and alcohol and you are left with The Good Life's sophomore release, Black Out. A concept album of sorts, Tim Kasher of Cursive tells tales of life, love and well, blacking out, all told through that familiar uncertain voice that is both uncertain and exuberant.

Featuring diverse instrumentation, including organs, synthesizers, accordion, oboe, sequencer programming and Cursive's Gretta Cohn on cello. Kasher's voice allows one to become enrapt in the music, feeling every moment of sadness, regret and the scattered moments of happiness. Musically, The Good Life sound like a mix of Cursive and The Postal Service with a few introspective, “lost in the music," instances reminiscent of Sigur Ros. Lyrically, this is on par with Kasher's other work in Cursive and on the previous Good Life album. Recurring themes and the “Black Out" song that bookend the album give a through-composed feeling that really allows you a porthole to Kasher's emotion and soul.

Fans of the first album will love this more than worthy follow-up and fans of Cursive should appreciate this different side to Kasher's musical efforts. People who like indie-pop-rock in general should certainly give this a try and this is a record that fans of a majority of the Saddle Creek bands won't want to miss. On a negative note, some songs tend to drag on, and at first listen some songs seem to run together, but like many records, it must be spun a few times to be truly appreciated.

3 out of 5.
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