Sunday, August 16, 2009

Curisve - "Mama, I'm Swollen"

"I'm at my best when I'm at my worst
I'm at worst when it's not rehearsed
I don't wanna know the goddamn words
I don't wanna have to spell it out
Don't wanna mumble what i'm trying to say
I wanna scream it from my foaming mouth
Shoot out the lights and ride away

I'm at my worst when I'm at my best
I'm at my best when I'm trying to look
And think and talk and sing and read and write
Like all the rest
We're all just trying to play our rolls
In a play that runs ad nauseam
I hate this damn enlightenment
We were better off as animals, right?"

Ok. So Cursive's latest effort, Mama, I'm Swollen, has been on the shelf for a couple of months now... But I feel as if everyone needs a reminder. When I heard that they were releasing a new album I was honestly a little skeptical. Many great artists that I have a lot of respect for have released some not so stellar albums in the past year.

Cursive, however, did not follow that trend.

Mama, I'm Swollen is easily front man, Tim Kasher's, best lyrical effort to date. He's always been great at weaving detailed, fairy tale-like stories into our current state of consciousness and at delivering heart stopping one-liners that stick with you all day. Kasher does not disappoint on this album. There are plenty of myspace taglines hiding throughout the album (guilty) as well as stories that are told so well you feel like you're there.

The whole album has a more mature, almost raw, feel in comparison to the bands previous release, Happy Hollow. The tracks range from songs about falling out of love, growing up, and seemingly their own career in music. The stand out tracks are the sultry song about sex vs love, "From The Hips", the driving yet somehow delicate song, "I Couldn't Love You Anymore", and the anguish filled song about Kasher's youth slipping away, "What Have I Done?" A more mature album for their now more mature fan base. At some points, I almost feel like Kasher penned a play-by-play of my life the past couple of years. But, I suppose thats the point.

I also was lucky enough to watch Cursive live at a local Sacramento venue, The Boardwalk. They were flawless live. I strongly recommend checking them out if they are ever in you're area.

Pick up Cursive's Mama, I'm Swollen. I can almost guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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