The Ugly Organ

The Ugly Organ

by Cursive
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The Ugly Organ

Whereas 2000's Domestica explored the intense pain of Tim Kasher's divorce, The 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 company are similarly restless throughout The 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 and 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.

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Release Date: 03/04/2003
Label: Saddle Creek
UPC: 0648401005127
catalogNumber: 51
Rank: 281961

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The Ugly Organ 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A nearly perfect CD. One of my favorites of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a few years now I had been told over and over that Cursive was a great band, that I would love them, that i just -had- to listen to them. Being a big SaddleCreek/weird indie music fan, for years I tried to like Cursive. I would download a few songs and listen but wind up hating it and erasing it from my computer. I did this every 4-5 months or so, determined to give Cursive an honest chance. Then I downloaded "Driftwood: A Fairy Tale". Now I ahd heard this song back when this album was first released and didn't like it. Blame it on maturity, personal taste or the weather, but I fell in love with this song after relistening. After that came "Art Is Hard" a biting, angry song about the bittersweet role of being a music star. The album as a whole tells a story but can be taken in single doses just fine. Have to admit that a few songs on here took some time to grow on me, but now I love every single track in it's own way. Give it a chance, it'll surprise you. (Personal faves include tracks 2,3,8,9 and 11)
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