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The Game of Monogamy

Author: Anastasia Kudrashova
10/04/2010 | Zink | www.zinkmagazine.com | Album Review
Tim Kasher of Cursive has finally left the nest, taking off last year to fly alone and write, record and produce his debut solo album The Game of Monogamy. Kasher has clearly done some heavy thinking since leaving L.A. for the journey he imbues his release with all his contemplations about life, love, work and even God. "Monogamy Overture" is a dramatic opening track, laden with notes lent to the violin and harp. Here, Kasher revisits his high school yearbook, wondering at the gazes of his former colleagues and asking what has it all come to? Bone-chilling Whitefish, MT, situated between Big Mountain and Glacier National Park, where he worked on his album, is an appropriate setting to its themes.

Though the product of a grown man seemingly experiencing a kind of crisis, The Game of Monogamy at times features elated Ska-like instrumentation. Patrick Newbery (also of Cursive) plays the trumpet and keys and Minus the Bear's Erin Tate and Cursive's Matt Maginn play some drums and bass. We glimpse a clumsy love-come-true story in "Strays." Kasher writes a little love song about a woman he sees in Omaha, in whom he proceeds to fall in love with, "We're a family of stray / But together we've been found."

Kasher remains faithful to a boyish nature in The Game of Monogamy. Though the album is a mature independent venture, the artist nevertheless spills the guts of a distraught adolescent the kind of guts we well remember and probably will never forget
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