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Album Review

On the Good Life's 2004 Lovers Need Lawyers EP the band pares down its sound and comes across as a tough post-punk band rather than dramatic '80s synth pop revivalists. The electronic textures and careful arrangements are mostly gone, singer and bandleaderTim Kasher no longer sounds like he is channeling Robert Smith of the Cure, and the general level of despair and theater is dialed down considerably. Listeners who loved the broken, baroque drama of the first two albums may feel let down, but they shouldn't really because the songs are just as good and the arrangements are still a cut above the usual indie rock band. Kasher seems to have replaced his melancholy with a good old dose of anger that bleeds through in "Entertainer," a bitter, self-lacerating sideswipe at being a musician, the bitter divorce song "Lovers Need Lawyers," and the bitter farewell song "Leaving Omaha." Elsewhere he opens up the sound in a way that the intimate nature of the band's sound would have precluded. On the sweeping epic "For the Love of the Song," the angular, conversational "Friction!," and the bubbly "Always a Bridesmaid," apart from Kasher's vocal it sounds like a different band entirely. In a good way. Lovers Need Lawyers is a promising step forward that puts the band on the same trail to greatness as Spoon and the Anniversary. Hopefully they make it.

Customer Reviews

Tim Kasher is a Genius!

...and this album proves this fact even more then his previous works. Not a single bad song on the album, of coursethere are only a few songs, and a couple of which are on their full-length Album of the Year. Honestl,y I find these songs more uplifting and cheery then alot of Album of the Year, although both records are amazing. If you want a preview of The Good Life at their best give Lovers Need Lawyers a try and it is almost guaranteed to be one of your most played albums!

great album

i was really suprised to see this on the itunes main page but was really stoked. the good life is a great band and this album will not let you down. check out their other stuff too and if you get the chance make sure you go see them live. tim is an amazing preformer.

A sneaky gem

I've never listened to Cursive or any other The Good Life records, but I really love every song on here, each in its own way. There's a great sense of humor and pathos here, informed by 3 or 5 stiff drinks. "Always a Bridesmaid" gets me every time, but don't be a cheapskate: buy them all and you won't regret it.


Formed: 2000 in Omaha, Nebraska

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Tim Kasher spent the end of the 1990s making powerful and somewhat underrated music as the lead singer and guitarist for the Omaha-based post-rock quartet Cursive, but the band never really allowed him to explore any of his softer ideas and more personal sentiments. For years, the always inventive songwriter had been setting his mellower ideas aside, occasionally playing them at local coffeehouse shows or in the company of friends, but never sharing them with a very wide audience. In 2000 all that...
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