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The Game of Monogamy

Author: Mikiel Houser
10/05/2010 | | | Album Review
Looking back at the albums I would put on my All-Time Favorites list, Cursive's The Ugly Organ still falls in my top five. With that being said, I have followed Tim Kasher's work ever since I first heard the creepily satisfying sounds of the aforementioned album, so when word came out about Kasher releasing a solo album, I knew it would be something I would fall in love with. Now after several listens and an emotional breakdown, I have to say I was right!

The Game of Monogamy takes the listener through every emotion associated with a love/hate relationship, all while sitting perfectly between the chaos of Cursive and the clean and simple sounds of The Good Life. Kasher also breaks out of the norm by pulling in lush orchestrations throughout the album that give a stronger sense of the scene that is being described. As usual, the way Kasher goes about his songwriting is almost akin to that of a screenplay: by constructing a story or adventure for the listener to follow with dialogue and characters you feel you know by the time the story ends.

As any fan of Cursive or The Good Life knows, songs about love and heartache are nothing new to Kasher's two-decade career, but the depth of description on this debut solo effort is. The Game of Monogamy allows us to look a little deeper inside this lovesick madman's mind, and while it's too soon to tell where a solo Kasher will land on my All-Time Favorites list, it's clear that the artist isn't afraid to explore new territory with his songwriting.
The Game of Monogamy

The Game of Monogamy

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