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Cursive's Domestica

CursiveAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Cursive is the longtime trio of Tim Kasher (vocals, guitar), Matt Maginn (bass), and Ted Stevens (guitar, vocals), with Patrick Newbery (keys) and Cully Symington (drums). I Am Gemini (out February 21, 2012), the band's seventh LP, is the follow-up to 2009's critically praised Mama, I'm Swollen, which caught the attention of publications including Alternative Press, Billboard, ... Read more in Amazon's Cursive Store

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  • Audio CD (June 20, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B00004TTFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Casualty
2. The Martyr
3. Shallow Means, Deep Ends
4. Making Friends and Acquaintances
5. A Red So Deep
6. The Lament of Pretty Baby
7. The Game of Who Needs Who the Worst
8. The Radiator Hums
9. The Night I Lost the Will to Fight

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cursive's Domestica May 28, 2004
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
I got this cd a couple weeks ago and I love it. I think i'll start with a track listing since amazon doesn't give one.
1.The Casualty
2.The Martyr
3.Shallow Means, Deep Ends
4.Making Friends and Acquintances
5.A Red So Deep
6.The Lament of Pretty Baby
7.A game of who needs the Most
8.The Radiator Hums
9.I Lost the Will to Fight
Okay, now my thoughts. I love Cursive and I love this album. The reason I give it 4 stars is for its length and a few below-average tracks. Although most people claimed 'The Radiator Hums' to be their favorite track, I found it to be one of the low points of the album. Another weak track that threw me off was 'A Red so Deep'.
Now onto the good side of the album. I can't stop listening to the first track and the last track, they are amazing. Some more favorites of mine are The Martyr, Making Friends and....., and the Lament of Pretty Baby.
Lastly, whats everyone problem with 'Shallow Means, Deep Ends', sure its a little different then the rest of the album, but its still a good song.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best CDs of 2000 June 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I, unfortunately, got into the Cursive obsession later into my life, missing the debut of this CD. Speaking as a recent fan of the band, it's safe to say that in the two years since the release of the album, it still sounds more complex, more forward, than most releases in the past two years. Cursive uses obscure and extremely ragged song-writing techniques: Less reliance on chord structures and typical I-IV-V songwriting that dominates rock and more reliance on the "odd note". The melody is very rarely carried by the guitars or the bass, but mostly by Tim Kasher. All the instruments basically support his vocals.
To go song by song in this album would do an injustice to it. If anything, "Domestica" is a concept album about a marriage/relationship gone wrong, but not told in a crying, "pity-me" voice that dominates emo. Instead, the album conveys all the emotions of how one's life gets sent into a downward spiral of depression. What makes the album especially interesting is certain motifs that run through all the songs: in the later tracks, such as "The Radiator Hums," you will hear bits and pieces of the earlier tracks. These tiny snippets of the other songs are both tasteful and haunting, disarming and allarming the listener and allowing the listener to truly experience what is happening, emotionally.
Chalk this one up as a stellar album, do yourself a favor and get it, no matter what anyone tells you. While it may be initally too abrasive and a bit too difficult to swallow, once your ears get used to the Cursive sound, their music is all-encompassing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Adult CD, Very Great Music May 4, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I really am amazed. I never give anything five stars. I actually hadn't heard this band before they played the song 'The Martyr' on the local college station here When I heard it, I was interested but I didn't really know just how into this album I would get.
Basically this album has it all.
1. It tackles a very mature and intelligent subject; the devolution of the relationship of a seemingly intelligent couple, from the first realization of unhappiness, through the searing pain of jealousy, and anxiety, to the childish willful baiting and taunting of each other, and finally to resignation and defeat. Difficult stuff, but real, and lyrically portrayed honestly. You don't get intelligent lyrics like this on a pop album.
2. Amazing music. Very heavy, and loud, but not without purpose. I would say a tiny bit like Metallica maybe . . .but not. In the way that the Cowboy Junkies are like stylized country, then this would be stylized metal I guess - you got to hear it.
3. Purpose. This is an album, like how people used to make albums. You're rewarded for listening to the entire thing in order and one song leads to the next.
Its really a remarkable accomplishment, I give it my highest rating, its especially relevant to anyone who has been divorced or gone through an aweful breakup which is like what . . . nearly all of us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my favorite local band. August 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
of course being from nebraska, there really isn't a huge selection of bands to choose from...but these guys win easy. in fact, screw calling them a "local band". these guys are one of my favorite "emo" bands anywhere. these guys are the definition of "emo" if you ask me. the vocals are amazing and truly original, the guitars can go from soft pop to post-punk instantly, and the driving rhythm section holds together beautifully. this is a more mature album and more refined/polished than their previous efforts if you ask me, but in no way is that a bad thing. fans of fugazi and sunny day real estate should dig this album. the only bad thing about this album is that it's too short, but if i could, i would give this album 4.5 stars rather than just 4. it's a great album worth buying.
if you like this album, check out the casket lottery, death cab for cutie, and at the drive-in (if you haven't already!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth it August 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first Cursive album I ever bought was The Ugly Organ. After listening to that album seventy times in a row, I thought it was time to listen to some other work by Cursive.

I bought this one.

I had only ever listened to two of the songs on this album 'fore I bought it, The Martyr and The Radiator Hums, and of course I adored them. So I decided to buy the album they were on.

It took me a few listens to the whole album to really get into it. After you learn the lyrics (or just read through the little booklet thing with the lyrics in it) you realize it's a story, like the songs on The Ugly Organ, and like I'm assuming it is on their other albums. As soon as I had memorized the lyrics to the songs on this album I adored them.

So buy it, give it a chance, and fall in love with it. It's a must-have for any fan of emotional music and for anyone who loves deep lyrics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Horrible cover but relatable songs, if taken out of the specific content. Great music to go sling the powerful lyrics.
Published 8 months ago by Julia C. Gaytan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Flawed Masterpiece.
Back in 2000 people were convinced the world would end. Y2K was going to be the year technology failed. But still Cursive pressed on and gave us this record. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Seth C. Dortch
4.0 out of 5 stars Domestica
Domestica is a really good album, with some great parts that foreshadow what's yet to come from Cursive. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nexus6Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best!
Love this album so much. Every song is a joy. Have never skipped a song and find this always playing nonstop in the car for months on end.
Published 24 months ago by wouldnteeth
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have!!!
From start to finish, this album blew my mind. I have it on CD but, when you have it on vinyl, it just makes it a little bit sweeter
Published on April 26, 2010 by cindy lu who
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaviest Curisve Album
Not necessarily the heaviest cursive album in music, but in emotion. Takes a little while to get into, if this is your first listen of cursive, i would probably get "The Ugly... Read more
Published on March 28, 2010 by Rick Meredith
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Reading the reviews here I wonder if Amazon's computer has got confused, and if you're all reviewing a different album. Read more
Published on April 11, 2009 by Mr. R. W. M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars diggin' domestica
This will be the third album I've purchased by Cursive. The first was The Ugly Organ(5 star), second was Happy Hollow(5 star) and now Domestica. Read more
Published on December 9, 2008 by The Sultan of Swing
3.0 out of 5 stars Several standout tracks amongst an album that should have weighed more
3 1/2

One of the handful of "emo" labeled bands whose cynical lyrics, jarring guitar work, and raspy screams still honor the category in the best sense. Read more
Published on January 11, 2008 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Domestic-hated? ...No. Domestica-loved.
Domestica is the third cursive album i have purchased. its a step backwards from the two i had heard first (ugly organ, happy hollow) but thats logical because it precede these. Read more
Published on December 25, 2007 by Daniel C. Clarke
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