Album Of The Year - The Good Life
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  • Summary: The Good Life is a side project for Cursive's Tim Kasher, and this third full-length release (following the 'Lovers Need Lawyers' EP) finds him joined by Stefanie Drootin, Ryan Fox and Roger Lewis.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Like most good thematic albums, or films or books, for that matter, it's hard to put the pieces together on Album Of The Year, and just when you think you've got the narrative unraveled, you'll rediscover another lost passage or double entendre. [Sep 2004, p.122]
  2. The attention to detail in the production, the punchy melodies, and the sympathetic performances by the group -- along with Kasher's writing that is nothing less than gripping and often head-shakingly brilliant -- make this record an indispensable artifact for anyone who likes indie rock with a real emotional punch.
  3. Album of the year? It's definitely a contender. [7 Aug 2004, p.49]
  4. May be his most mature, fully realized offering to date, though not necessarily his most thrilling.
  5. Allow me to offer some parting advice: just because a record expresses emotion doesn’t make it bad.
  6. Yes, there is a lot in the way of failing relationship therapy on here, but when it's done with such eloquence and downright elegance it'd be churlish to treat it with the disrespect more easily afforded to music's legions of professional disenchanteds.
  7. Kasher... wrenches sad-eyed beauty out of slow indie-folk arrangements while eulogizing several affairs. [30 Sep 2004, p.188]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. StephanieW
    Sep 7, 2004
    10
    April to March... I will listen to this album all year... righteous tunes!
  2. BrandonM
    Aug 25, 2004
    10
    This is a great album! It's not as "excited" as the Lovers Need Lawyers E.P., but great nonetheless. This would be a welcome and solid This is a great album! It's not as "excited" as the Lovers Need Lawyers E.P., but great nonetheless. This would be a welcome and solid addition to anyone's record collection. Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    10
    My favourite songs on the album are: 1) Inmates 2) Night and Day 3) Album of the Year 4) Under a Honeymoon. There are some very memorableMy favourite songs on the album are: 1) Inmates 2) Night and Day 3) Album of the Year 4) Under a Honeymoon. There are some very memorable songs found in this album and they all fit together very well with an over arcing story that I relate to. The lyrics are so good and while there are no happy endings to this story the whole album feels romantic in a sense of longing and desire for things to have happened differently. Album of the Year is an awesome album with a deep meaningful story. Ill remember these songs for the rest of my life. Expand
  4. MellyA
    Sep 12, 2004
    10
    Awesome.
  5. CocoE
    Jul 9, 2005
    10
    I love the good life and this album is awsome!
  6. bianca
    Aug 20, 2005
    10
    i fucking love it. they're music is the kind that you will listen to over and over and over and you still get anxious for that one part i fucking love it. they're music is the kind that you will listen to over and over and over and you still get anxious for that one part of the song. fuck i love them. Expand
  7. AlexH
    Aug 13, 2004
    8
    Very solid CD, amazing song writing which is to be expected from Tim Kasher. The sound of the album is not as compelling as the Lovers Need Very solid CD, amazing song writing which is to be expected from Tim Kasher. The sound of the album is not as compelling as the Lovers Need Lawyers EP or Black Out LP, but this album is certainly lyrically driven, and it certainly succeeds in the highest sense possible. Expand

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