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Album Review

With more rock and less whine, Cursive provides an exclamation point to the emo scene with Domestica, their third release. Led by vocalists Tim Kasher and former Lullaby for the Working Class frontman Ted Stevens, Domestica explores Kasher's messy divorce through a series of clever but transparent metaphors. Domestica is a concept album harping on the ugliness and beauty of love, a treatise on the pains of divorce and romance. While the themes are nothing new, they are executed inventively. Half the songs don't even contain a chorus, replacing the classic song structure with a string of middle eights held together by the exceptional rhythm section. Despite the instrumental prowess, the true standout on this record is Kasher. His throaty voice propels the album's most satiating cut, "A Red So Deep," from a dissonant clang to an effortless whisper. From the hard rock of the D.C. scene ("The Martyr," "The Radiator Hums") to the classic Pavement sound ("Making Friends and Acquaintances"), Cursive proves they are more than the typical emo band. Kasher's marital troubles transform the selections on Domestica from mere calls for help to anthems of rejection.

Customer Reviews

the pretty baby

this is definately tim kasher at his best, by the raw complexity and honesty in the lyrics, the personal depth unsurpassed by any other cursive albums to date (though some of "the good life" can match it) and overall best performance vocally, giving this album a sure five-star rating. if you are new to cursive, or have only heard " the ugly organ" like too many people i know, than this is an must have. my favorite tracks are "the casualty," "lament of a pretty baby," and "the radiator hums." so check it out.

Amazing. Genius. Brilliant.

This is one of the top 5 albums that I have ever bought. If you didn't know, this cd is based around the lead singer's failing marriage. Every song is just loaded with emotion, and great lyrics. Each song contributes to the album, and no song feels out of place or unneccesary. My favorites are "The Martyr" and "The Lament of Pretty Baby". If you have heard some Cursive before, and want to get some of their stuff, this might be where you should start. Great album.

Best Record of 2000

This is on eof the best albums I have ever heard. Tim Kasher might be the best lyricist of our time. The album is short but flows extremely well, there is not a stale track on this entire album. Fans of Fugazi, Q And Not U, etc. should check this out if you havn't heard it already.


Formed: 1995 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

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

As early as 1995, the original members of Cursive -- Tim Kasher on guitar and vocals, Clint Schnase on drums, Matt Maginn on bass, and Stephen Pederson on guitar -- began work on their newly christened project, experimenting with elements of indie rock and eclectic post-hardcore to fashion a unique sound. The Omaha, Nebraska-based four-piece came out of existing friendships and some of the members' previous work together in Slowdown Virginia, making the musical partnership a logical idea from the...
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