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Posted by: Dave on March 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm

CursiveMamaSound: Cursive frontman Tim Kasher’s pretty disgusted with and disillusioned by the world we live in. Mama, I’m Swollen is full of brooding, questioning and accusatory angst. Sometimes, his despondence is packaged in mellow, foreboding reflections that can get a little too heavy to allow for more much enjoyment. But more often his rants and musings are wrapped in pleasing, though challenging, packages that’ll have you humming along as he gets you thinking. The good songs can be driving and aggressive, chugging and rockin’, reserved and melodic or creepy and dissonant, and colored by a smattering of strings, synths and brass.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Mama, I’m Satan”; “In the Now”
Medium Rotation tracks: “From the Hips”; “Mama, I’m Swollen”; “Donkeys”
Recommended: Mama, I’m Swollen isn’t the tour de force that Happy Hollow was (my #11 Album of 2006). But if you have the stomach for Tim Kasher’s harsh indictments, tortured moans and seething whispers—or at least the forward-thinking arrangements that accompany them—you should find several satisfying tracks on here.
Grade: B+

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