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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 (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Saddle Creek Europe
  • ASIN: B00005LVYA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sink To The Beat
2. The Great Decay
3. Tell Tales, Telltales
4. Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?
5. Fairytales Tell Tales

Product Description

CURSIVE Burst And Bloom (2001 US 5-track CD EP including Sink To The Beat The Great Decay Tall Tales Telltales Mothership Mothership Do You Read Me? and Fairytales Tell Tales with a fold-out picture / lyric insert LBJ-35)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By loaded61@hotmail.com on 18 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Being an avid fan of the emo rock genre, I easily hold sceptisism toward bands that don't quite make the grade. Cursive are not one of these bands. Haunting in there portrayal of life through their eyes, Cursive mix a hauntingly beautiull sound with lyrics so pure in there wrought struggle for supremecy, that you can't help but be moved by there amazig music. Although this EP is short, the songs by far compensate for this, as the old saying says "Its quality that matters not quantity", With stand out trakcs such like "Great Decay" and "Fairy Tale Tell Tales" This EP is sheer magic. Buy it, listen, and be moved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another perfect release 9 Jun. 2002
By Alec Rojas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cursive's little five song EP, entitled "Burst and Bloom," shows the dramatic and monumental changes the band has taken as writers and as lyricists. While their last release, "Domestica," was a concept album that showed a bleak reality, "Burst and Bloom" is a collection of five songs that, while lacking in cohesive album qualities, are all individually spectacular.
On this album, the songs are a lot different than what we have grown used to with Cursive. Instead of reverting into a few glimpes of normal songwriting like they did on "Domestica", the band is more abrasive and more focused, crafting each song as an individual identity. While the album flows perfectly (little interludes are after "The Great Decay" and "Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?"), when listening to the songs they each sound like a seperate song on a different album. This doesn't detract from any of the songs or the album as a whole, but makes it ideal for people just getting into Cursive: different tastes of the styles of writing the band has engulfed itself into.
On this album, an additional instrument and musician is added: Cellist Gretta Cohn lends her talents through out the album, adding a placid voice within Cursive's frantic musicality. Her additions to certain songs add a different perspective to the music being played, allowing us to see glimmers of hope within each song.
The songs take on different entities, with "Sink to the Beat" looking back at their career as a band and the EP, "The Great Decay" a view on middle-America, and so forth. While bleak pictures are painted, Cursive manages to convey them so realistically that they are haunting, beautiful and magnificent. Get a copy of this EP
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
On Constant Rotation 1 Dec. 2003
By "thosewholeft7" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's no question, Cursive has one of the most unique sounds in indie rock. The melodies expode out of this 5 song EP that is competively their best work of art to date (Dec 2003). Tim Kasher (the god of indie rock) uses unbelievable dynamics to take you from his gentle hush hush falsetto and trickling guitars mixed with soothing cello, to an explosion of emotion.
If you are looking for the perfect mix between technical weirdness and catchy pop melodies it is right here, I can almost feel my mind expanding everytime I listen to these uniquely styled songs driven by Tim Kasher, who is Indie Rock's answer to Billy Corgan or Kurt Cobain.
The album opens up with "Sink To The Beat," a tale of the marketing scams of an EP in which Tim seeks honesty with his listeners. A sing-songy tune all the way till the end until the plane finally crashes and an explosion occurs that sends shivers down your spine. "The Great Decay" follows as (in my opinion) the band's greatest writing achievement out of all their work. "Tall Tales, Tell Tales" opens up with a guitar riff that grabs your attention instantly with a strageness that maintains an excellent melody. Clint (drums) graces this and every Cursive song with one of the freshest and most orininal styles existing in modern music that never fails the song with flashy drum fills, but supports it with Clint's keen ear. The vocals of this song are easily some of his catchiest, especially the chorus. "Mothership, Mothership" bobs your head with its underlying bass topped with yet another amazing guitar riff and more cello that I can never get enough of. "Fairy Tales, Tell Tales" finally leaves us of with an extremely incindeary song all the way through. Gretta is the one that shines in this piece. Although they are predominant less than not, her parts add beautiful harmony all the way through.
If you have just recently heard of Cursive and are contemplating buying your first Cursive album, then this is where you need to start. You're not buying a full LP, but all 5 song will absolutely blow you away...or back to a record dealer for more.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Did you buy the right CD? 15 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so here's the deal with Cursive. They are uncomparable to anything else. Nothing comes close to the melodic imperfection and anguish in Tim's voice. The only thing I could compare it to its Bright Eyes, except roughly a million times better. Now here's the question; to the person who said they were nothing out of the ordinary, did you buy the correct CD? There literally is nothing out there that sounds like cursive, never mind anything mainstream or pop. They do not blend in, they are original and really wierd. I didn't even like them at first, they sounded almost off beat and off key. But then they grew on me, more and more, as I listened on. This is my favorite CD by them, and they are pretty much my favorite band, right along with Boy Sets Fire. It's absolutely amazing, how deep this goes down the rabbit hole. I had actually downloaded most of their songs, and unwittingly picked these out as my personal favorite, as they are some of the more upbeat and intense. I later found out they were all on one CD, which I naturally bought. This is one of those gems that you will treasure for long to come, so do yourself a favor and get aquainted with something obscure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It burst and bloomed 17 Feb. 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The EP "Burst and Bloom" marks a turning point for the Omaha indie band Cursive, adding a different aspect and a cello player to the already churned-up music. Cursive is loud, it's sad, it's weird and it's the best thing out of Omaha in... well, just about ever.
A tinny, distant voice and a few low-key strings kick off the rocking "Sink To The Beat," a blastingly honest look at music production ("this unique approach to start an EP/intended to shock, create a mystique..."). The heavy, fast "Great Decay" unflinchingly glares at Middle America, until "Tall Tales, Telltales" opens with a shimmering buildup of strings and drums. An infectious bassline underlies the catchy, kicky "Mothership Mothership Do You Read Me," before the EP ends with a bang in the sparking "Fairy Tales Tell Tales."
"Burst and Bloom" is intense. Really intense. Really, really, really intense. But that intensity is softened by newcomer Gretta Cohn's cello playing. You can't always hear it clearly, but it's there, and it adds an extra dimension to the bass drums and heady guitar riffs. The lyrics are pretty solid, save in the more repetitive, simplistic "Great Decay."
Tim Kasher really doesn't hold back vocally on "Burst and Bloom." No pointless angsty emo moans here. Kasher sounds so frenzied and upset at times that you can almost see him clawing at the padded walls. "Sink to the Beat" climaxes with his anguished howls of "Hit... SONG!/Let it BURST and BLOOM!", that will send chills down your spine.
In no way does "Burst and Bloom" serve as "a cheap strategy, a marketing scheme/building awareness for the next LP." This EP serves as a good bridge from one Cursive album to another... not to mention a great introduction to the band overall. Bleak, brash and brilliant.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Confidently Beautiful music 21 Mar. 2002
By Gary Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As with a handful of other albums released over the course of forever, that I have either stumbled upon by accident or advertisement, Cursive's Burst and Bloom Ep grows out of the subtle place I ran into it, and becomes am unconscious theme song. It is the most confidently beautiful music to ever rise out of obscurity or Omaha, nebraska for that matter, with the exception of perhaps Bright Eyes.
For 22 minutes Burst and Bloom keeps odd stride and stutters, forcing its way through the normal limitations of radio friendly music, yet still retains a complete attraction.
The simplicity of lyrics are contrasted by tight and crisp music, culminating from old school punk simplicity what might as well be progressive Rush style rock. It comes complete with all you'd expect guitars, bass drums but topped with String sections, piano, odd vocal effects and drum machine.
If anything I would say that the Cd winds up in my car Cd player as often as Once a week, if not more, and I listen to a wide variety of music, from Bjork to Tool. I own over 500 Cd's and Burst and Bloom is one of the most consistantly listened to of all of them.
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