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Cursive

  • Cursive's Domestica [Saddle Creek, 2000] **
  • Burst and Bloom [Saddle Creek, 2001] *
  • Mama, I'm Swollen [Saddle Creek, 2009] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Cursive's Domestica [Saddle Creek, 2000]
Guitar rageboy marries too young, gets concept album out of it ("The Game of Who Needs Who the Worst," "The Night I Lost the Will to Fight"). **

Burst and Bloom [Saddle Creek, 2001]
with a bang, a whimper, a yowl, and a hook you can take with you ("The Great Decay," "Sink to the Beat") *

Mama, I'm Swollen [Saddle Creek, 2009]
Know more about complicity than anyone else in emo, know more about punk than anybody who thinks calling them emo will put them in their place ("In the Now," "Mama, I'm Satan"). *