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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 (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B000GGSMA8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9. At Conception
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11. Bad Science
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14. Hymns for the Heathen

Editorial Reviews

Their most recent record, "The Ugly Organ", racked up considerable accolades: named one of 2003's best records by Blender, called "the best album of (the band's) career" by the NY Times, and given a 4-star rating by Rolling Stone. "Happy Hollow" is an expansion of their trademark discordant swell, marked by a new bounce, a buoyant strut, and a recognition that hey, this is fun. Dissonant yet distinctively melodic guitar sounds and front man Kasher's ever-cathartic yowl now mesh and clash with horns, piano, accordion, and other instruments. The themes addressed here include shattered American dreams, small town malaise, and religious hypocrisy. Never repeating themselves, always pushing forward artistically, and never settling, Cursive raise the bar with yet another groundbreaking record.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on August 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Leave it to Cursive to always find something to be angry about. Since the band's inception, they have always had a taste for putting people in their places, culminating with their 2003 modern rock masterpiece, "The Ugly Organ." As one familiar with Cursive would undoubtedly anticipate, "Happy Hollow" picks up this trend and runs with it, finding new targets for Tim Kasher's biting lyrics along the way. Though arguably less angry this time around, Kasher's undeniable ability to craft targeted tongue-in-cheek attacks on his victim of choice maintains its role as one of this band's most-admirable traits. This time around, Kasher largely places the ex-wives and ex-lovers aside, focusing much of his lyrically demeaning material on the Catholic church, war, and America.

From just the opening note of the lead-off track, "Opening the Hymnal/Babies," one should easily identify a stark contrast between "Happy Hollow" and its predecessor: horns. Yes, as it turns out, Cursive has lost its cello player between albums and decided to fill that void with some intense hornage (my own word, but it's fitting). It's a tough loss for Cursive fans like myself who recognize the fact that the cello in "The Ugly Organ" practically made the album as great as it was. However, despite this loss, Cursive still manages to play their hearts out, quite possibly out-rocking "The Ugly Organ" in the process. That being said, "Babies" (the non-intro part of the opening-track) fully utilizes the horns in such a way that it will undoubtedly excite the listener, forcing them to devote all attention to what is being heard.

The next track, "Dorothy at Forty," is the band's first single from the album, and for good reason.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh Jones on February 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to say, I was aghast when I stumbled upon this page. About a fifth of the amount of reviews of The Ugly Organ, and only three and a half stars? Are you kidding me? Tim Kasher is one of my favorite music individuals, with Cursive and The Good Life sharing one of the top spots in my musical preferences. In my humble opinion, Kasher is nothing short of a genius, and I just LOVE LOVE his music. That being said, Cursive in particular has, for lack of a better word, a retarded group of fans. The amount of support generated on a large scale for this band is pitiful, for one thing. The forums are dead. Tabs are a rarity. The last time I saw Cursive, which was last year, they were sharing a venue with three other bands, and most of the people attending the show were Mastadon fans who whined about Cursive's "weird" sound. It's just quite sad that such an AMAZING band gets such treatment. While a small problem may be that the fans don't support them as much as they should, the worst part is that they don't understand them as much as they should. Let me say this right now: Happy Hollow is easily Cursive's best album to date, on so many different levels. This album is proof of a band maturing in age, sound, and wisdom. All of which are pretty much the opposite of the mindsets of their fans. Most of the Cursive fans are remnants of the Ugly Organ "fad" era; kids in highschool who found comfort in the self-loathing messages and perhaps the cool "emo" persona. Cursive is nowhere close to being emo, and never was. Tim Kasher is not a teenager. The emotions and stories laid out in Domestica and The Ugly Organ reflected an ADULT going through things most 18 year olds couldn't even fathom.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Svipdag on October 11, 2006
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Cursive does it again, this album is another masterpiece. But it is not without its flaws. It would be a 5 out of 5 if compared to most other bands and their records, but when compared to Cursive's other work it doesn't do as well. Some "die-hard" Cursive fans (which I consider myself) find the album to be a dissapointing break from the older, shall we say, harshness that the previous releases have. Cursive's previous albums where the songs-about-relationships-love-and-lose-self-pity albums. The reason most of these stood out to me was Kasher's witty lyrics, his sarcasim was so well placed. On Happy Hollow he has moved from the love and lose standpoint to the criticism of Religion and the society around us. Now Kasher does these topics justice with his lyrics, much more than most any other band, but the subject has gotten trite. I know you are probably thinking "but singing about girls and ect.ect. is just as cliche...." but I really enjoyed Tim's perspective. This new album is just a witty renovation of the age-old "Church is corrupt, religion is bad, what have you.." argument. Some have said if you don't like the lyrics then you must be some brainwashed religious person (Oh no!) but this statement is totally ridiculous and hypocritical. To me the subject has gotten boring and I would have rather heard more of Tim's usual writing.

The change in the music style is great in my opinion. My favorite album is Domestica, but HH, The Ugly Organ, and Burst and Bloom have all been fantastic records that experiment with breaking away from the "traditional" Cursive sound. Happy Hollow has moved them further away from the old CDs soundwise, but is their most melodic and "catchy" album to date. I use these terms not in the "Hey Panic!
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