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Tim Kasher returns to what he does best, writing self-loathing and depressingly pessimistic songs about relationships. Some may complain about this, but i don't. The songs are catchy and its an improvement from the last cursive, and good life albums.

Im in a serious relationship, and this album writes about everything i'm not feeling, but i still find the stories enjoyable and a good listen. I hope to see more of this kind of writing from tim.


Kasher is the frontman of Omaha bands Cursive and The Good Life; the former an experimental alt-rock quartet, the latter a folksier rock combo. I’m not sure what creative impulses aren’t being covered by his bands, but here comes his first solo release—a detailed song-cycle about its titular concept that splits the difference between his bands’ primary vibes. Kasher’s got a quivery, emo-infused voice akin to his labelmate Conor Oberst, though Kasher’s work is more abrasive and tough-minded (Cursive’s 2003 release The Ugly Organ is one of the best alt-rock releases of the decade). That prickly honesty’s front and center on both the faster rock tunes (“A Grown Man” and the jangly “Cold Love”) and this release’s raison d’etre—the slow ones. It’s not just the difficulty of fidelity Kasher questions throughout these 11 tracks, but the passage of time, the decay of passion, the social inertia that creeps into even the best partnerships. These themes collide in two standout tracks—“There Must Be Something I’ve Lost,” in which an innocent perusal of a high school yearbook becomes an obsession; and the gorgeous, ethereal “Monogamy,” an entire lifetime of good and bad choices in a succinct, surgical, unforgiving five minutes.

It's very Tim Kasher.

This album is classic Tim Kasher, if you know Cursive you know what I'm saying. He is very smart and very critical of his world. The lyrics are often in story form yet very much questions at the same time. How can I live like this? Where is my life going? How can I believe? Musically brilliant, and it's everything you're looking for in an album. Don't be shy, just buy it.


Born: August 19, 1974 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Nebraska-born indie rocker Tim Kasher, best known as the frontman for prominent Saddle Creek Records outfits Cursive and the Good Life, grew up in Omaha alongside fellow crooner and close friend Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes (Oberst references Kasher in the Bright Eyes tune "Nothing Gets Crossed Out”). Kasher’s literate and heavily thematic songwriting style has won him numerous critical accolades, and the nine records he has released under the Cursive and Good Life banners have helped to cement his...
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