Cursive - The Ugly Organ

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Saddle Creek
Catalog Number: LBJ-51
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

This review is excerpted from Clayton's May 4, 2003 The Prog Life column found here -ed.

I don't think the guys in Cursive are aware of it yet, but, despite mainstream marketing, they play progressive rock. Or maybe they are aware. The song "Art Is Hard" bemoans the lack of creativeness in most modern music. Cursive's energetic output is pleasingly convoluted, dynamic, creative, sophisticated, and downright cool. Picture a cross between Radiohead, Sonic Youth, The Beatles, Sigur Ros, and The Cure. Okay, yeah, that's a lot to imagine, but that's the whole point, isn't it? A couple of tracks approach the avant-garde, but most of the album remains accessible English-style pop-with-a-twist ? at least, as long as you're willing to pay attention and really listen. This definitely isn't background music.

The Ugly Organist / Some Red Handed Sleight Of Hand / Art Is Hard / The Recluse / Herald! Frankenstein / Butcher The Song / Driftwood: A Fairy Tale / A Gentleman Caller / Harold Weathervein / Bloody Murderer / Sierra / Staying Alive

Tim Kasher - vocals, guitar
Matt Maginn - bass, vocals
Clint Schnase ? drums
Ted Stevens ? guitar, vocals

Such Blinding Stars For Starving Eyes (1997)
The Storms Of Early Summer (1998)
Domestica (2000)
Burst And Bloom (ep) (2001)
Cursive (split w/Eastern Youth - 8 Teeth To Eat You) (2002)
The Ugly Organ (2003)
The Difference Between Houses And Homes (Lost Songs And Loose Ends 1995-2001) (2005)
Happy Hollow (2006)

Genre: Rock

Origin US

Added: May 4th 2003
Reviewer: Clayton Walnum

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