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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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. 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 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
  2. Dec 4, 2012
    8
    My brother introduced me to this album, and I will admit, it is pretty great. The lyrics are amongst the saddest I've heard in awhile. It's fantastic though. The opener "Album Of The Year' is one of the best tracks I've heard ever. All In All, Album Of The Year is a great record with great lyrics. Expand

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