Ugly Organ [Deluxe Edition]

The Ugly Organ [Deluxe Edition]

by Cursive
     
 

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Whereas 2000's Domestica explored the intense pain of Tim Kasher's divorce, Ugly Organ is a tale of empty sex, overwrought melodrama, and metaphors of which the album's title is only the first. Kasher likes making you feel queasy, and Cursive backs him up with unpredictable instrumental turns. "Butcher…  See more details below

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Whereas 2000's Domestica explored the intense pain of Tim Kasher's divorce, Ugly Organ is a tale of empty sex, overwrought melodrama, and metaphors of which the album's title is only the first. Kasher likes making you feel queasy, and Cursive backs him up with unpredictable instrumental turns. "Butcher the Song" could be about a lot of things, but it's definitely not happy, and its instrumentation lurches in stops and rushing starts like a drivetrain gone bad. "Art Is Hard" is much louder. "Keep turning out those hits! Till it's all the same old sh*t!" The clattering guitars shoot backward at Cursive's louder roots, but the knifing lyrics stab wildly at fans, the band, the industry -- any target available. Kasher and co. are similarly restless throughout Ugly Organ, and that sentiment makes the album both rewarding and frustrating. They're capable of great beauty, particularly in the sure hand of cellist Gretta Cohn, who first appeared on the Burst & Bloom EP but is a true force here. She adds a soaring melody to "Driftwood: A Fairy Tale," making it sound like Spoon with a fuller lineup. [The Deluxe Edition of the album released in 2014 adds a bonus disc, a big booklet filled with photos and lyrics, plus an essay by the A.V. Club's Kyle Ryan. The extra disc contains eight songs that were recorded at the same time as The Ugly Organ, but didn't make it in the album. Instead they found homes on the Saddle Creek 50 compilation, their spilt single with Eastern Youth and the 'Art Is Hard' and 'The Recluse' singles.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2014
Label:
Saddle Creek
UPC:
0648401018523
catalogNumber:
10185
Rank:
63725

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cursive   Primary Artist
Alex McManus   Choir, Chorus
Mike Mogis   Guitar,Keyboards,Bells,Vibes
Clark Baechle   Choir, Chorus
Ted Stevens   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
A.J. Mogis   Choir, Chorus
Tim Kasher   Organ,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jenny Lewis   Vocals
Conor Oberst   Choir, Chorus
Clint Schnase   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Gretta Cohn   Cello,Group Member
Matt Maginn   Bass,Group Member
Thad Aerts   Horn
Renee Ledesma Hoover   Choir, Chorus
Malcolm Miles   Horn
Chris Acker   Trombone
Sarah Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Rob Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
Todd Baechle   Choir, Chorus
Julee Dunekacke   Choir, Chorus
Alisa Heinzman   Choir, Chorus
Staying Alive Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Cursive   Producer
Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer
A.J. Mogis   Engineer
Tim Kasher   Producer
Mike Brannan   Producer,Engineer
Josh Staples   Poster Design
Zack Nipper   Layout
Jadon Ulrich   Poster Design
Brian Ewing   Poster Design
Kyle Ryan   Liner Notes
Yurika Yoshino   Poster Design
Dan Brennan   Producer,Engineer
Heather Yiirs   Poster Design
Thomas Scott   Poster Design
Rolo Castillo   Poster Design

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