michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — CURSIVE

In album review on 02/03/2012 at 3:40 pm

Cursive

I Am Gemini

(Saddle Creek)

On previous Cursive albums, frontman Tim Kasher aired out a bunch of his dirty laundry – everything from his divorce to mother issues. On their seventh record he pulls back on the personal stuff and gets all artsy with a 13-song concept album about twin brothers separated at birth whose good-vs.-evil battle takes on soul-shaking proportions. Lyrically, it’s kinda messy, but the band has never been more musically focused. From the opening “This House Alive”’s stuttering guitar attack to the pounding “The Sun and Moon” to “The Cat and Mouse”’s rockabilly-like shuffle, I Am Gemini is Cursive’s most adventurous album, a rugged slab of muscular indie rock. The story plays out like a Greek tragedy, complete with a chorus made up of devils and angels. But it’s how they relate this ages-old tale that gives the album its classic sound.

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