Curse Your Branches - David Bazan
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  • Summary: This is the debut solo album for the former Pedro The Lion/Headphones singer-songwriter.
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. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding its creation, Curse Your Branches is Bazan's best album to date.
  3. 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.
  4. His identity crisis, drinking binges and family tensions are chronicled in chunky, rootsy rockers that can be stately or foot-stomping--and can, perhaps, offer some resolution.
  5. Doubt can be crippling, but it also serves a positive purpose here, as Bazan has rarely sounded so convincing in his vocal delivery or songwriting.
  6. On paper this may sound bleak--and in many ways, Curse Your Branches is--but ultimately there's a level of solcae in Bazan's sadness that's remarkably reassuring and, stranger yet, satisfying. [Sep 2009, p.106]
  7. Bazan has, it's reported, fallen out with God and off the wagon, and those tumbles get painful airtime on his solid first solo LP, Curse Your Branches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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!) Expand
  2. AdamM
    Sep 2, 2009
    Great new offering from Bazan. Thoughtful lyrics and a solid sound.
  3. Jet
    Sep 4, 2009
    Bazan's debut full length record connects with the listener in a way few albums can. The lyrics bring you into the life of a Bazan and allow you to share in his trials and doubts. Aside from fantastic storytelling, Curse Your Branches also succeeds musically with delicate texturing of many instruments. You won't be disappointed with this album and it will grow dearer to your heart with every listen. Expand
  4. MarkR
    Nov 11, 2009
    Boring! I don't care how great the lyrics are if the music puts me to sleep.
  5. MarkR
    Nov 11, 2009
    Boring! I don't care how great the lyrics are if the music puts me to sleep.