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  • 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: 116,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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"
BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!
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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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B00007KVNS Cursive - The Ugly Organ
The best post-hardcore music was undoubtedly made in the early 1990s, before the word "Emo" became bandied about like some contagious disease. Bands like Quicksand, Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu were far too busy making incendiary rock music with pained, howling lyrics to worry about which genre they fitted into. The music was certainly emotional, but barely-tempered rage was prevalent, rather than the melancholic dirge selling millions at the moment. People complained when the music scene was swamped by Nu-Metal, then Garage Rock. Now Emo is clearly the fashionable musical styling. Frustratingly Cursive are categorised as Emo - but the difference between them and their contemporaries is stark. How many bands feature a Cellist as a permanent member?
Cursive are a class apart from the current crop of Emo bands, indeed it is a travesty to compare them. Tim Kasher's raw, but passionate vocals are reminiscent of legends such as Cedric Bixler Zavala (ex-At The Drive-In) from post-Hardcore's halcyon days, and the often scintillating accompaniment, from what is surely one of the best rhythm sections in Rock music today, completes a perfect line-up. Thankfully Cursive manage not to sound derivative at any point. Song length varies greatly from the short, edgy 'Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand', to the spiralling, ten-minute-epic that is 'Staying Alive'. The final track is comfortably the finest on the album, building up to a chiming, pulsing crescendo before it lapses into a gospel refrain. Unabashedly bombastic, but nonetheless brilliant.
If 'Domestica' documented the demise of Kasher's marriage, 'The Ugly Organ' is the soundtrack to the aftermath.
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Remember hearing Sleight of Hand as a teenager and it still has the same impact on me now. One of those songs that is pure energy and an instant classic on first listen. Later on we get Driftwood which is a phenomenal piece of song-craft and the cool creepiness of The recluse. These tracks give the whole album a twisted grown-up fairytale feel. Bloody Murderer and Sierra are more typical of Cursive's take on the genre - looking backwards and forwards at the same time. Overall this is a really distinctive album and an accessible one too. No, it isn't as good as Domestica, but what is?
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