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The Good Life - Black Out (Cover Artwork)

The Good Life

The Good Life: Black OutBlack Out (2002)
Saddle Creek Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: Dan Ocean
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I stumbled onto this band when I was looking at Cursive tour dates on the Saddle Creek website. Through further reading I found out that the singer is actually Tim Kasher of Cursive. I immediately went and bought both of their records. I have to say this is probably one of the best cd's I have eve.

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I stumbled onto this band when I was looking at Cursive tour dates on the Saddle Creek website. Through further reading I found out that the singer is actually Tim Kasher of Cursive.

I immediately went and bought both of their records. I have to say this is probably one of the best cd's I have ever heard. From the sheer brilliance of the vocals to the undeniably thought provoking music. I shiver everytime I listen to this band. I guess you could say this is a slower paced Cursive with some electronica and an abundance of hooks. The lyrics range from drinking your thoughts away to the heartbreak that Tim Kasher must have been through.

I think that had this been promoted even slightly this would have been on everyone's best of list from last year.

The production is right on key with pretty much everything else from Saddle Creek. Although, I would say that this is the best thing that Saddle Creek ever put by far and they have some amazing talent on their label. This album also feels more fluid than their first release on Better Looking Records. While that was in no means a bad album, I think that the writing on Black Out is the best from Tim Kasher to date. Every song is well crafted and is unique, yet remains with the same feeling of the entire album.

In closing, if you want possibly one of the best (yet slightly depressing) rock records both lyrically and musically look no further. This album is a real find. It has incredible lyrics sung by one todays best front men and no one can deny that.

 

 
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Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

"If Tim Kasher hit himself in the face with a milk jug filled with tic tacs while singing the theme song from Green Acres, people would still buy it"

...it would probably still be better than 90% of the crap that is coming out at the moment... so yea i'd probably pick it up

maverick (July 21, 2003)

"Novena On A Nocturn" is better. Way, way better.

-Scott

Fuzzy (July 20, 2003)

These guys were really good live. As with most saddle creek bands, exposed listening just makes me sad, depressed, and my hair starts drooping all over the place, and I start drinking all the time (And i'm EDGE!). So, I don't listen all that much, but they do their thing really well. NOW IT'S OVERHEAD is so much better though. Very Placebo-ish.

FortyMinutesWest (July 20, 2003)

Oh don't get me wrong, I love Cursive, I'm just saying that some people are ridiculous.

Anonymous (July 20, 2003)

Forty, that's not true. Sure there are some dipshit scensters out there that eat it up just because. But, the fact is he only has 2 bands and they're both really good. I don't know what kinda fucking geeks you know.

Anonymous (July 20, 2003)

Wait.. when is the green acres thing coming out? Do you know how much it'll cost. Thanks man. I had no idea about this release... sounds awesome.

Katie4213 (July 20, 2003)

mmmmmmmm. tim kasher

FortyMinutesWest (July 19, 2003)

If Tim Kasher hit himself in the face with a milk jug filled with tic tacs while singing the theme song from Green Acres, people would still buy it. Damn Saddle Creek kids.

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

haven't bought the album first of all, and I AM a cursive fan, but your review basically said "I will buy anything that says cursive on it! Tim Kasher is on it, this CD is good".

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

OI OI OI@!1

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

Sun-Aug-10 Omaha, NE w/ Sokol Auditorium Planes Mistaken For Stars and End Game
Fri-Aug-22 Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska
Wed-Sep-10 Minneapolis Triple Rock w/ The Blood Brothers
Thu-Sep-11 Grinnell, IA Grinnell College w/ The Blood Brothers
Fri-Sep-12 Chicago, IL Metro w/ The Blood Brothers
Sat-Sep-13 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre w/ The Blood Brothers
Sun-Sep-14 Columbus, OH Little Brothers w/ The Blood Brothers
Mon-Sep-15 Pittsburgh, PA Club Laga w/ The Blood Brothers
Tue-Sep-16 Buffalo, NY Nietzsche's w/ The Blood Brothers
Thu-Sep-18 Boston, MA Middle East w/ The Blood Brothers
Fri-Sep-19 Irvington, NJ Cricket Club w/ The Blood Brothers
Sat-Sep-20 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero w/ The Blood Brothers
Sun-Sep-21 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom w/ The Blood Brothers
Mon-Sep-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Tue-Sep-23 Washington, DC Black Cat
Wed-Sep-24 Richmond, VA VCU College show @ Alley Katz
Thu-Sep-25 Carrborro, NC Cats Cradle
Fri-Sep-26 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Sat-Sep-27 Atlanta, GA Echo Lounge
Sun-Sep-28 Orlando, FL The Social
Mon-Sep-29 Orlando, FL The Social
Wed-Oct-01 Athens, GA TBA w/ The Blood Brothers
Thu-Oct-02 Nashville, TN Exit In w/ The Blood Brothers
Fri-Oct-03 St Louis, MO Mississippi Nights w/ The Blood Brothers
Sat-Oct-04 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck w/ The Blood Brothers

There are the dates.... Someone that admin's this site should post those at some point..

WEZ

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

Man, this site is taking its sweet time posting the Cursive/Blood Brothers tour dates, considering that is the best pairing EVER! I got an email from saddle creek yesterday. And found the dates 2 days before that. Odd.. punknews.org usually jumps all over the Cursive stuff.. must be because scott isn't around

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

Look, I can tell very few people on this site listen to Oi. Oddly enough, those people know a lot more about music than most of the faceless pop-punk users. So, why not, instead of using "oi" in sarcastic posts, just say something like "nyc hXc!"... Because, seriously, most Americans who listen to Oi aren't morons like you... Casualties aren't "Oi"... Neither are the Unseen. They may shout "oi" in some of their songs, but that means nothing coming out of American mouth, seeing as they can all properly pronounce "hey", and "oi" is just the cockney pronunciation for that word. Juuuust a thought.

-BSD

GreenVandal (July 17, 2003)

Blood Brothers and Cursive? Holy shit. That will be the best thiing i have ever seen. They better play in NJ/NY.

FortyMinutesWest (July 17, 2003)

Shut up.(and yes, I know you weren't being serious)

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

Thiss is not 4 tru punkz!! oi oi oi!!!this iz indy rok krap! omg lol fuck your mom

bing_crosby (July 17, 2003)

The Blood Brothers are touring with Cursive??!! That's a weird pairing. When are they touring and do you know if, (please God), they are coming to Toronto?

Love both bands a lot and The Good Life is some really incredible stuff. Wasn't too sure about it at first but after listening to some downloads it grew on me. Hoping to pick these albums up soon.

-Bing Crosby

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

hehehe... THAT is sorta related as Blood Brothers are touring with Cursive soon..

WEZ

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

where the hell is the Blood Brothers interview? I mean jesus christ, it has been sooo long since you no talent assclowns said you would post the bitch up. By the way, dont take anything i am saying to you personally. Just get the Blood Brothers interview up!

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

Actually, no i didn't think it was name after "emo" music... still think it's a dumb club name..

WEZ

fallingtopieces (July 16, 2003)

tim kasher is awesome simply for the fact that he plays accordion on "fevers and mirrors"

Matt81 (July 16, 2003)

good album. Emo's is a great club, even though the security can be a pain sometimes. Definitely NOT named after "emo" music, but rather a guy named Emo. No shit.

~matt (from ATX)

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

"check out their live show at Emo's (dumb club name)"

you're a moron if you think it was named after 'emo' music

GreenVandal (July 16, 2003)

Cursive is fucking awesome. And I like electronica. Ill give this a shot.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Been listening to this for a long time... i'm a big fan... check out their live show at Emo's (dumb club name), it's a really good quality show..

WEZ

burstandbloom (July 15, 2003)

5-star material.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I meant that the other way around.
-Jay

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

This is a really, really good record. Pretty damn inventive and original IMO. Tim Kasher is really talented. The new one is actually better too.
-Jay

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I'm also surprised this band isn't more well-known, even if it was only due to Tim Kasher fronting it. I don't have this album (yet).

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

"The lyrics range from drinking your thoughts away to the heartbreak that Tim Kasher must have been through."
NO FUCKING WAY! I NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I'm with FOUR-T on this on, this label and Polyvinyl just make me shrug my shoulders.

-sickboi

FortyMinutesWest (July 15, 2003)

The whole Saddle Creek scene baffles me. I do like Cursive though.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

i ment for the score to be a 4.

hate, Jesus

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

No sir, i dont like it.

hate,Jesus

travis (July 15, 2003)

such a wonderful album. i'll give this one 5 stars.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

"I shiver everytime I listen to this band."

I think thats a point against the album. Anyway, if its one of the best albums you've heard, why only 4 and a half stars?

-BSD

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