Curse Your Branches - David Bazan

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. His salvation is humanistic empathy, spiritual complexity, and melodies more unfailing than back when the Holy Ghost was inspiring into his ear.
  2. Bazan has built his career on the merit of his honesty, and Curse Your Branches finds him exerting that idea more forcefully than ever before, creating a record that beautifully, paradoxically, and soulfully explores the beauty and strife of admitting "I don't know."
  3. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding its creation, Curse Your Branches is Bazan's best album to date.
  4. Lyrics have always been the focal point of Bazan's music, and here they carry a vast majority of the weight.
  5. Despite its undercurrent of outrage, Branches--which expands Pedro's folksy sound with creamy keyboards, processed drum beats and the occasional spritz of glam-rock guitar.
  6. Curse Your Branches--his first solo album, though Pedro was basically just Bazan anyway--pushes him into full-on agnosticism, though that changes little about his terrifically melancholy music.
  7. 82
    These songs would stand on thier own in terms of sound alone, but it's the addition of Bazan's thoughtful lyrics that make this perhaps his most powerful and interesting album thus far. [Summer 2009, p.94]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. MarkR
    Nov 11, 2009
    Boring! I don't care how great the lyrics are if the music puts me to sleep.
  2. MarkR
    Nov 11, 2009
    Boring! I don't care how great the lyrics are if the music puts me to sleep.
  3. ChetE
    Sep 15, 2009
    This is by far the best sounding recording that David has released to date. Not only is the music composition, arrangement, and lyrics terrific, but the sound quality of the album is absolutely phenomenal! It's about time that somebody has shelled out the big bucks to record this guy the way he ought to, and I for one am truly impressed. A+ on this effort (and a smiley face, to boot!) Full Review »