The Game of Monogamy
Author: Jonah Bayer
Tim Kasher has built a career on writing depressing and depravity-filled rock songs, so it's no surprise that the Cursive and Good Life frontman's first solo album would be his most demoralizing collection to date. Sounding more like a series of journal entries set to music than a typical songwriting fare, THE GAME OF MONOGAMY sees Kasher singing about ex-girlfriends and his inability to commit over a bed of rock arrangements and orchestral flourishes. While the album isn't quite as accessible as anything Kasher's done with his other outlets, this idiosyncratic collection does have its share of gems — such as the Good Life-esque instant classic "I'm Afraid I'm Gonna Be Here," and laid-back rocker "Cold Love." Admittedly, the album's acoustic-dominated second half tends to drag a little bit, but by that point you may be so captivated by Kasher's damaged psyche that you won't even notice.