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Cursive - Mama, I'm Swollen Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 7.5
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 8.5
Production 8
Creativity 6.75
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 7.5
Final Verdict: 76%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.81
Musicianship 8.69
Lyrics 8.81
Production 9.03
Creativity 8.75
Lasting Value 8.67
Reviewer Tilt 9.03
Average: 88%
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Cursive - Mama, I'm Swollen

Reviewed by: Travis Parno (03/08/09)
CursiveMama, I’m Swollen
Record Label: Saddle Creek
Release Date: March 10, 2009

INT – Blake’s Dorm Room

Typical college dorm room. Worn wooden desk, florescent lighting, dead guy (CHARLIE) slouched on a green beanbag chair. Smells faintly of Cheetos. Enter BLAKE and TRAVIS. TRAVIS falls facedown on BLAKE’s bunk bed, sighing heavily.

BLAKE: Dude, what’s the matter? That waitress was totally going to put two scoops in your milkshake!

TRAVIS: It’s just, why do I even want two scoops?

BLAKE: (aside) Uh oh, a new Cursive album just came out. (to TRAVIS) Ok, I’ll bite, what’s wrong with your milkshake?

TRAVIS: Enough about milkshakes! They only melt into brown, soupy puddles of failure.

BLAKE: So I take it Tim Kasher didn’t write a happy record?

TRAVIS: It’s not about happy or sad. It’s about doing something worthwhile, lasting. It’s about inventing, not simply using or discarding.

BLAKE: Ok, so did Kasher invent a happ-

TRAVIS: I mean, even he can’t invent! He admits it up and down Mama, I’m Swollen. And Christ, if he can’t, then where does that leave me?

TRAVIS wails something indecipherable into the pillow. BLAKE looks at CHARLIE and shrugs.

BLAKE: He can’t invent, he is inventing. It’s self-referential and relatable. But still you can’t let it ruin your day.

TRAVIS: What’s ruining my day is the dead guy sitting in your beanbag chair.

BLAKE: Who, Charlie? Don’t mind him. And anyway, if you wanna take your cues from anything, just look at the fantastic title track. We’re all born under the same blood red sun, right?

TRAVIS: There’s just so much conflict! I could love you, I couldn’t love you-

BLAKE: (aside) Yeah, we haven’t heard that before...

TRAVIS: And as if Kasher’s creepy singing wasn’t enough to cause an existential crisis, the instrumentation surely is. Just look at the light picking and lullaby chimes in “Donkeys.” It’s enough to make you question everything!

BLAKE: And that saxophone, too. You won’t even miss The Ugly Organ's strings.

BLAKE and TRAVIS: The Ugly Organ!

Both look off into the distance and sigh in unison.

BLAKE: This is clearly not that band anymore…

TRAVIS: Why are you doing the Captain Morgan stance?

BLAKE: Sorry, got excited. (pause) I still say you’re over-reacting. “I Couldn’t Love You” is so blatant, so un-Kasher. And don’t get me started on the depressed disco of “Let Me Up.” Those two can’t possibly elicit any reaction other than distain.

TRAVIS: But, good Lord, what about “From the Hips”? I mean, “We’re at our best when it’s from our hips/ From our hips we don’t give a shit”? It’s so true! I mean, I haven’t had my number called in like, 3 months-

BLAKE looks skeptical.

BLAKE: With that body? Come on!

TRAVIS: Ok, fine, 15 months. But still, it’s so true! We’re all just animals, living and dying for the physical.

BLAKE: That’s the Kasher we want. So why is he still making songs like “I Couldn’t Love You”? Too much creative control? The old, fat guitarist is literally deaf now?

TRAVIS: I certainly doubt it. Did you hear his slick riffs in “Mama, I’m Satan”? Although it was really the horns that set my ears on fire. They just kept screaming, “All in all, we’re pawns/ The ego of mankind stirs in us all”!

BLAKE: There’s certainly enough ego here to go around. “Look at me, I have problems, someone call the Wah-bulence. Wahhhh, wahhhh, wahhhh.”

TRAVIS: You’ve clearly not heard “What Have I Done.”

BLAKE: No, not yet. Put it on.

Six minutes later.

BLAKE: Um, can I have a minute?

TRAVIS: Let it out, no judgments here.

BLAKE: It’s just (sniffle) how can he keep writing about the same things without slipping into redundancy? How can he still swoop me into his bleak despair?

TRAVIS: But isn’t that why you listen to a Cursive record in the first place?

Both collapse into a fit of sobs.

CHARLIE: You guys are so lame.

BLAKE and TRAVIS: AHHHHH!!!!

End scene.

Track List1. In The Now
2. From The Hips
3. I Couldn’t Love You
4. Donkeys
5. Caveman
6. We’re Going To Hell
7. Mama, I’m Satan
8. Let Me Up
9. Mama, I’m Swollen
10. What Have I Done?

Give it a try if you like…Murder by Death; The Good Life; The Hold Steady

Hear it on the internetzOfficial Myspace | Official Website
 
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09:51 AM on 03/08/09
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Travis Parno
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This review was a collaboration between Blake Solomon and myself. The scores represent an average of our individual scores. Mine are as follows:

Vocals: 8
Musicianship: 8.25
Lyrics: 8.5
Production: 8
Creativity: 7.25
Lasting Value: 8
Reviewer Tilt: 7.75
Average: 80

Blake's scores:

Vocals: 7
Musicianship: 7.25
Lyrics: 8.75
Production: 8
Creativity: 6.25
Lasting Value: 7
Reviewer Tilt: 7
Average: 73
09:53 AM on 03/08/09
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I hate reviews written like that. I stopped reading it after a couple sentences, and decided that you were way off on this review.
10:05 AM on 03/08/09
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I loved this review. Can't really get into the album past the first couple tracks though.
10:12 AM on 03/08/09
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That's different... it works though.
10:12 AM on 03/08/09
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Adrian Villagomez
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This reminds me of the ridiculous skits I wrote in my theater class. Fond memories.
10:12 AM on 03/08/09
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I totally agree. Poor Charlie though.
10:13 AM on 03/08/09
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Ha, enjoyed it. Really good review, and a great album.
10:30 AM on 03/08/09
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nice review. the album has kinda been boring me so far.
10:30 AM on 03/08/09
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Quote:
LAKE: And that saxophone, too. You won’t even miss The Ugly Organ’s strings.

BLAKE and TRAVIS: The Ugly Organ!

Both look off into the distance and sigh in unison.

BLAKE: This is clearly not that band anymore…

TRAVIS: Why are you doing the Captain Morgan stance?

BLAKE: Sorry, got excited.

Quote:
TRAVIS: But, good Lord, what about “From the Hips”? I mean, “We’re at our best when it’s from our hips/ From our hips we don’t give a shit”? It’s so true! I mean, I haven’t had my number called in like, 3 months-

BLAKE looks skeptical.

BLAKE: With that body? Come on!

One of the best reviews I've ever read. Beautiful job, you guys.
10:46 AM on 03/08/09
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Color me blown away
11:01 AM on 03/08/09
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I hate reviews written like that. I stopped reading it after a couple sentences, and decided that you were way off on this review.
how about being constructive and offering A reason why those reviews don't work for you instead of ripping into these guys?

entertaining review guys, my only adjustment would be a little more of an explaination of the low ranking, as from the dialogue it seems that this record is earth shattering haha
11:04 AM on 03/08/09
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Loving this record, review is.. different
11:17 AM on 03/08/09
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If the whole album was more like "In The Now." It'd be my favorite release of the year so far quite easily. Instead, I would give it like 60% maybe.
11:18 AM on 03/08/09
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That was awesome.
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