How to Live With a Curse
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While this album could be described as a deft combination of the things Stavesacre has done best on each of their previous albums, that would be a severe understatement. This is anything but business as usual.
When you listen to "How to Live with a Curse", you hear the current lineup finding their sound and their voice. You hear the answer to a question that I know many have been thinking but have been afraid to ask: "Where does this band fit in music today?" Most importantly, us longtime fans get to hear the record that we have been waiting for since the departure of Jeff Bellew, the band's original guitarist and the creative force behind the unique sound of the first two records. As much as I loved Speakeasy, it lacked the edge and experimental sound that made Stavesacre so hard to categorize. The band seemed to ease into the comfort of being just another hard-rock act. The music got even less challenging on their self-titled release, the band's fourth proper full-length, on Nitro Records. But all along, I knew that another Stavesacre existed. And the one I envisioned is the one we hear now, and everything else is a thing of the past.
To start things off, we hear Mark Salomon's distinct voice crying out, I'm not looking for a reason to believe. There could be no more appropriate line to open a Stavesacre record, because this is where the strength of his song writing has always been. As for why he's not looking for a reason to believe, well, that's territory that's already been charted (if this is unfamiliar to you, go back and listen to the band's first four records). Rather, Salomon's new challenge lies in seeing it through, sticking it out when times get tough.Read more ›
After the return to form that was the Bull Takes Fighter EP, fans were justifiably hopeful for a record that ranks up there with the first three - Friction, Absolutes and Speakeasy. This album delivers, even if we do find a more polished pop-rock sound in places.
The first half of the CD seems especially written for the pop music crowd that can handle a catchy rock song now and again. It's these first five songs that took the longest to appreciate. Why? Because they seem written with an agenda - to draw in even the most casual of listeners. Over time, however, the catchiness serves its purpose well; you'll find yorself wanting to hear 'em all again and again. This is no more evident than on the confident masterpiece that is Fear And Love. Sure, it's all out pop-rock, but it's such a blast to listen to that you can't help admire Stavesacre for writing and recording it.
Midway through the album, there is a shift. Beginning with Future History Of The Brokenhearted, the admired Stavesacre of old really emerges. The last half of the album finds the band writing with no intended audience or purpose other than to craft cool, diverse songs. The aforementioned Future History is as heavy as anything the band has ever done. The tender Grace follows, and captures the beauty of Mark's voice; it will bring a tear to your eye. You Made It Look So Easy is reminiscent of Wither/Ascend - a slow, brooding track that explodes at the end.Read more ›
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Very few Christian bands are this good. Meaningful thoughtful lyrics by very talented rock musicians. I've had this record on my ipod. I wanted the CD as well. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Kerry Colling
I love this record. Even though they're not making music any longer, the band will play on in my car forever.Published on October 26, 2010 by homeskillwt
I'm a huge fan of Stavesacre, and, well, anything Mark Salamon has a part in.
This album stands out, in my opinion, as being either their best or second best after their... Read more
I have all of the bands C/D"s,seeing them live' I have to say this one is the worst one what happenPublished on December 1, 2007 by jim m
Stavesacre has finally returned with a worthy offering. How to Live With a Curse is leaps and bounds beyond the self-titled album (although technically it wasn't self-titled). Read morePublished on May 2, 2006 by just1otherguy
When I'm not guitar wonking out on power metal there are a couple bands I've enjoyed over the years. Read morePublished on April 29, 2006 by Brent E. Johnson
I liked their last album more than a lot of people seemed to, though that can probably be boiled down to the fact that I saw them live right before I bought it... Read morePublished on April 28, 2006 by SirTheory