Poster I did for Cursive at the Grog Shop in Cleveland. Hopefully I will have these in the shop sometime soon.
So I got the new Cursive album “Mama, I’m Swollen”. I had a burned album of “Happy Hollow” and listened to it a fair amount. My favorite album from them has always been “The Ugly Organ” and I did enjoy “Domestica” as well. I’ve listened to this new one about three times now. I usually don’t listen to an album enough before I talk about it on here and end up liking most albums more than I say after I post on this. This might be the same situation. That being said, here is what I think as of right now.
I am pretty displeased with this album. The first track “In The Now” really had me going. I liked the yelling, the fast pace and the intensity. I had heard the second track from some preview site and thought it was okay… just okay. A little too clean for my liking. Everything on this album sounds crisp (not a good thing in my point of view). The only songs that really stood out to me (as of now) were “In The Now”, “Mama, I’m satan” and “Mama, I’m Swollen”. The only thing that really sold “Mama, I’m satan” for me was the end of the song. It’s not that I just want to hear heavier, yelling, fast parts. I miss the voice I heard on “Ugly Organ”. I miss the strained, upset, brooding voice. Maybe they spoiled me with “Domestica” and “The Ugly Organ” but it doesn’t change the fact that this album is not the mood I want it to be. I know bands grow and change and evolve and that’s fine. I hope they have great success and are playing the music they really want to. I just want to hear the rasp in his voice, I want to hear what I think is passion. I guess it’s not coming through for me yet. I don’t know if I should be comparing to their previous albums or just talking about this album but it’s hard not to compare with their previous releases being so good. All this album does for me is make me appreciate “The Ugly Organ”. I’ll keep listening and hoping that I connect to it on some level, even if it’s not the level I want it to be.