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Cursive | I Am Gemini
February 15, 2012
Cursive | I Am Gemini
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Cursive blew their chance to get out of this town a long time ago when they let cellist Gretta Cohn go. Cohn was the fulcrum behind
The Ugly Organ
(2003), a concept album that predated Sufjan Stevens's
Greetings from Michigan
(by four months),
, and the explosion of concept albums and rock operas that multiplied by last decade's end. And unlike equally ambitious punk rivals Fucked Up — God bless
David Comes to Life,
but still — they had the decency to keep it under 40 minutes. The greatest emo album of all time was anchored by a string player who tonally enriched their best riffs and legitimized their theatrical splendor all at once. Subsequent stagings kept the splendor but were helped neither by horns (the noisy, never-quite-satisfying
) nor songcraft in general (
Mama, I'm Swollen
and Tim Kasher's solo
The Game of Monogamy
had half an album of memorable material each).
I Am Gemini
is the most musically conventional record they've ever made; it also bears the burden of putting across Kasher's most preposterous story ever, about good and evil twins separated at birth.
's theater-rock is no pain to listen to, but true drama queens will want to get their fix elsewhere.
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