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The Ugly Organ

Cursive Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek Europe
  • ASIN: B00007KVNS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Ugly Organist
2. Some Red-handed Sleight Of Hand
3. Art Is Hard
4. The Recluse
5. Herald! Frankenstein
6. Butcher The Song
7. Driftwood: A Fairy Tale
8. A Gentleman Caller
9. Harold Weathervein
10. Bloody Murderer
11. Sierra
12. Staying Alive

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The Ugly Organ's radio friendly moments ensure that if Cursive wanted, they could easily rank among the likes of Puddle of Mudd and P.O.D. as one of US rock's biggest earners. But as the splenetic attack on mainstream metal "Art Is Hard" suggests ("your self-inflicted pain is getting too routine… keep churning out those hits 'til it's all the same old shit"), big bucks aren't high on Cursive's list of priorities. Instead, their third album is equal parts chart ready, battle cry and scarily warped perspective. Careering manically from murmured emotions, tuba pharps and folksy string quartets to hair tearing pain, "Butcher the Song", "A Gentle Man Caller" and "Bloody Murderer" could just as feasibly be descendants of anything by the Eels as At the Drive-In's rabid "One Armed Scissor". Work in the fact that singer Tim Kasher sounds every inch as wounded as The Cure's Robert Smith, and The Ugly Organ should be painfully self-aware. Yet with every track brandishing the same gifted pop nous that makes the dysfunctional trauma of "Some Red Handed Slight of Hand" unshakable, Cursive's musical car wreck is undoubtedly more cunning masterstroke than art-rock for the sake of it. --Dan Gennoe

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Ugly, but Beautiful 26 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
I cannot recommend this album enough to anyone who is a fan of the nebraska scene at the moment. Saddle creek have given us so many amazing bands in the past few years and Cursive have pretty much risen with Bright Eyes to the top of the pile. The Ugly Organ is a perfect display of how good Cursive are. It veers from throat bursting, screaming laments (Red handed slight of hand) to emotional and heart wrenching melodies (The Recluse). Tim Kasher's vocals are more refined than on previous efforts such as Domestica, which highlights how far the band are progressing all the time. Gretta Cohn's Cello is a fine addition and is utilised far more than on the Burst and Bloom e.p. and often leads the songs melodies, which is juxtaposed extremely well with scratchy overdriven guitars (Butcher The Song). The album is close to being a concept album (dont let this put you off at all) about some kind of ugly organ that appears in practically every song and adds a wonderful sinister edge to the songs. Also lots of mentions of a guy called Harold...
If you like bands like Bright Eyes, Fugazi, or any of the bands on Saddle Creek, I would point you strongly in Cursive's direction. All their albums are great, but this one is THE benchmark
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cursive come up with the goods 28 Mar 2003
By Jake
Format:Audio CD
The Ugly Organ is an erratic journey through
disjointed guitar riffs, eerie chello playing, deranged organs! and it is all wrapped up with Tim Kasher's vocals which appear laid back yet highly urgent all at the same time?.... To describe this music I would call it Black alternative indie rock (if such a genre is possible!) Each song flows into the next without the slightest hint of awkwardness and it is hard to pick out a stand out track on this great album but if pushed my personal favorite would have to be Staying alive which features a full choir! to sum this album up in four words I would say...... Dark,Erratic,Original Masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 17 Aug 2003
By Roze
Format:Audio CD
My older sister decided to put "A gentleman caller" on a mix tape for me. I received the tape, put it on, and that was the moment i believe i fell in love with cursive. Being a cellist myself, I am in awe of Gretta Cohn's playing - she's amazing. Tim Kasher's lyrics are nothing short of astounding, and his voice has the ability to mesmorise and amaze. I can really, really, really imagine this album on stage - as the concept is put forward. It has inspired me in many ways. I would like to conclude this undeliberately pretensious review with lyrics from "Art is Hard" ;
"Cursive is so cool"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional! Hardcore! A real find! 19 May 2003
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this because someone compared them to Fugazi (who are the band of my dreams!). That wasn't accurate (the lyrical content is in an entirely different ballpark), but Cursive are definitely a find. This album is a gem. Tim Kasher's lyrics are pure poetry, he has a wonderful way with words and a hilariously clever turn of phrase. Being emotional about emotions has never sounded so good. The music veers between dark orchestral moments and loud stabs of guitary mutha rock. The theatrical element and 'concept' of it lead me to imagine this being turned into a musical and that's no bad thing. Buy this today, if not sooner!
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