Cursive
Burst and Bloom


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
June 27th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Cursive is one of those bands that do a really good job at hiding what they are up too. Before the announcement of the leak of “Happy Hollow”, I didn’t even know Cursive was even releasing an album. “Domestica" was announced after the band had apparently broken up (but really just lost a few members). Basically they know how to hide their activity. I wasn’t heavily into the band when “Burst and Bloom" was released but I’m pretty sure nobody knew about the inclusion of a cello player, which when you think about it is extremely strange. If one of your favorite bands was releasing an album and decided to add a member and coincidently completely reshape parts of their sounds, I’m sure you would most likely know about it. But then again, Cursive is one of those bands that do a really good job at hiding what they are up too.

While the band does have a skill at concealing their actions, they certainly have none of that attribute involved with the actual music of the album. I mean, “Domestica" was basically a nine song write off of lead singer Tim Kasher’s wife, so this band does tread heavily into their own lives for subject matter. While “Domestica" was completely centered on the life and collapse of ones love life, “Burst and Bloom" does take aim at examining the endless wheel of society (The Great Decay) as well as Kasher’s opinions on the press and their view on Cursive (“Opener Sink To The Beat"). With this change of subject matter, a more diverse sound seems to be needed, so the fading out of Kasher’s emotional growl, and the bands heavy guitar interplay is not found as heavily on this album as it was on the one preceding it, “Domestica". While there are certainly “old" Cursive moments on it (Tall Tales, Telltales), the inclusion of Greta on cello makes the band concentrate on making lush, more elegant crescendos, in comparison to the cathartic and extremely heavy ones found on “Domestica". While on “Burst and Bloom" they have not fully gone into the alternative path they blazed on “The Ugly Organ" and primarily on their new release “Happy Hollow" the band is certainly experimenting with other genres than the heavy post-hardcore undertones of “Domestica". Essentially “Burst and Bloom" is the bridge that Cursive walked over too become their current self. While they are still leaning on Kasher’s emotional cat call, they are also slowly refining the off tuned guitars, and the off beat drum play. While this may come to as a disappoint too some, I think that its pretty obvious the band was going to take this route, and while I favor their older material much more than the more recent, I respect them for branching out of their rut of comfortableness.

“Burst and Bloom" is a solid EP that gives the listener that rare peak into what a band was thinking before they completely changed their sound. Cursive’s strengths of great lyrics, great guitar interplay, and lush instrumental ability help make “Burst and Bloom" an EP too remember, and also one of the strongest releases in Cursive’s discography.



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dei
June 28th 2006


15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I thought Burst and Bloom was brilliant the first time I heard it and, even after listening to it literally a thousand times, I still love it. It's easily the best thing that Cursive/Kasher has ever done, IMO. It rates higher than Domestica on my "chart," even though it's only an EP.

I wanted to be Tim Kasher after I heard this is summer 2002. :

pulseczar
June 28th 2006


2385 Comments


I'm listening to the new Cursive album right now. I'm not too familiar with the band besides a few songs of The Ugly Organ, but I like what I've heard so far off the new stuff.

morrissey
Moderator
June 28th 2006


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great EP, great band, great review. "The Great Decay" is fantastic.

Polyamarous
June 28th 2006


23 Comments


Ace EP, one of my all-time favorites. Tip-top!

Pyramidman
June 28th 2006


1340 Comments


Ive not head any from these guys, but I have heard comparisons to Thursday
is there any truth to that?

pixiesfanyo
September 7th 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no^

Two-Headed Boy
September 14th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great Decay is tied with The Martyr and Staying Alive for best Cursive song for me.

Fort23
September 14th 2007


2475 Comments


The martyr hell yea. love that song. my favorite off this is Fairytales Tell Tales.

theminustimes
October 9th 2007


261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is probally my all time favorite ep

definatly in the top 3
with Godspeeds slow riot for new zero kanada and botch's an anthology of dying ends

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 9th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah it's brilliant.

SubtleDagger
October 9th 2007


737 Comments


Great Decay is tied with The Martyr and Staying Alive for best Cursive song for me.

The first two are great but I have no idea why Staying Alive AKA The Most Boring Song Cursive Has Ever Written is on your list

PatchworkNeurology
May 25th 2008


352 Comments


Staying Alive FTW!

flamethisuser
September 15th 2008


395 Comments


staying alive is overrated

leonwashington
February 18th 2011


42 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh yes

Oceanus
June 10th 2011


877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sink to the Beat goes hard and The Great Decay is awesome.

wacknizzle
May 14th 2012


13539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't believe there is only one page of comments on this album. It's the first Cursive album with cello and each song is absolutely incredible imo.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae



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