Cursive - Domestica (Cover Artwork)


Cursive: DomesticaDomestica (2000)
Saddle Creek Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: abileneINloveabileneINlove
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I was practically shaking when I bought this album, I was so excited. I'm just not a huge Cursive fan, but the circumstances this album was written made me sooooo excited! For those of you who are not familiar with Cursive, it's sounds like The Cure's vocals with Christie Front Drive-esque diss.
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I was practically shaking when I bought this album, I was so excited. I'm just not a huge Cursive fan, but the circumstances this album was written made me sooooo excited!

For those of you who are not familiar with Cursive, it's sounds like The Cure's vocals with Christie Front Drive-esque dissonance, but with the crunch of Sweep The Leg Johnny. Tim Casher, one of the premeir song writes of our day (He rivals Conor Oberst), got married after the last Cursive release and Domestica was supposed to be the slow, soft, love soaked, just-got-married, kind of album for Cursive.

Well, he got divorced.

Not that I'm happy, but I'm not sure what Domestica would've been if it wasn't for the divorce. The guitar crunches hard, the cymbals splash harder, and the vocals are so pained, so heartfelt, you want to send him a get-well card.

The highlight tracks are "The Martyr," "The Casualty," "The Lament of Pretty Baby," and "The Radiator Hums." Most all the songs are good, these are just the standouts.

Domestica is definitely a mood album. It is not a driving-to-a-show-on-a-Friday-night album. It's a I'm-so-lonely-my-heart-is-so-ugly-I-hate-myself-you-did-this-to-me kind of album. If you buy this album with a good mood, it will leave a bad taste in your mouth. However, if your in a despondent, existentialist mood, buy the album now.

For those looking for a ground breaking indie album, this isn't it. It's good, it's solid, but it's no "Relationship of Command." Saddle-Creek puts out good stuff, but they will never breed a scene changing record. Some stuff is not listner friendly enough, and sometimes it just never gets enough attention to go past that.


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coffinfullofnails (May 17, 2006)


krankykirk (January 3, 2005)

"but they will never breed a scene changing record."

man, the ugly organ sure came back to kick you in the ass.

Anonymous (October 31, 2004)


Anonymous (October 31, 2004)

What a fucking shit review..

Anonymous (December 2, 2002)

to the last poster, im guessing your name is for the used, finch and glasshead? ummm... you call that heavier shit? i just call it shit.

Anonymous (November 28, 2002)

great album........not really into this kinda music i like the heavier shit but this album rocks.........and to all you critics we dont give a fuck what punk is or isnt........music is music dickface............the used finchead

ncg1 (November 28, 2001)

cursive is good. end of story.

Rock (October 14, 2001)

Cursive Rocks!!! im tired of the bullshit is it punk or not let it go people good music is good music

Anonymous (May 21, 2001)

thanks man(or woman).

Anonymous (May 21, 2001)

Y'all take yourselves too seriously. How would you know if he knew what good music is? You've never even met him. He was just pointing out that, out of the last 10 reviews, like 5 of them have been "Indie rock", and the page is called Punknews.org. It's nice that you're so "Open minded" to consider indie rock as punk, but if you're really so open minded, you wouldn't be getting all pissy cause someone has different views as yours. secondly I don't recall him saying "If it isnt punk it isn't good. He just mentioned that this isn't punk.... Which its not. Now, its time to get off youre little swively chair, and prove the classic belief that "Emo kid=Whiny bitch in a sweater" wrong.


P.S. The 3 stars is because I haven't heard the album yet, not because it was good or bad.

Anonymous (May 17, 2001)

shut the hell up you idiot. reconginze good music when you see it. just becasue its not punk means its not good? youre a goddamn retard. punk is dead along with joey ramone.


Anonymous (May 17, 2001)

But Hum isn't punk and only punk is good so we should listen to only punk and stuff cuz punk is cool and anything that doesn't sound like punk is sucky and stuff.

Seriously, I consider indie an extension of punk, and its overlapping with emo and punk anyway. Look at ATDI, Sonic Youth, The Pixies, ect. If Hum is worthy of a punk site, then Cursive, who is more "punk" then Hum certainly deserve it. Either way, I guess I shouldnt start this argument, cuz we will never all agree on what punk is.

Anonymous (May 17, 2001)

is this indierocknews.org now or what? seriously, i dont care if you like this stuff, but it's not punk, and in my opinion, not good. if you want something different from the normal fast, hardcore punk rock, get Hum "downward is heavenward". much louder, much more edge, and much, much better than Cursive.

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