Happy Hollow - Cursive
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  • Summary: The Tim Kasher-led band has lost its cellist (Gretta Cohn) but added a horn section for its latest release, produced, as always, by Mike Mogis.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Even if you can't fully grasp the disc's existential subject matter, Happy Hollow is still a pleasure on the ears. [Sep 2006, p.207]
  2. It's Cursive at their finest, challenging and smart and absolutely riveting.
  3. An ambitious, sprawling string of songs.
  4. 80
    Happy Hollow swings with the nutty abandon of Madness, sharpened with the literate punk frenzy of Fugazi. [Oct 2006, p.104]
  5. [Kasher] stretches his tormented yowl and harsh guitars, with his band bashing even louder than on its 2004 breakthrough, The Ugly Organ. [7 Sep 2006, p.105]
  6. While the album somewhat lacks the emotional punch of The Ugly Organ, it makes up for it in a fine storytelling tone and some bitchin’ horns. [Summer 2006]
  7. Happy Hollow is far too grouchy to be taken seriously.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. MitchM
    Sep 5, 2006
    A fun ride the whole way through. Better than Ugly.
  2. Jeremy
    Aug 27, 2006
    I love how someone will hate hardcore on well written music because they don't like the style chosen. The music is still very very good on this album and every song has a different flavor just like any other album they've written. Get off your pretentious high horses and actually enjoy music when you listen to it...jesus. I have never heard an album like this before. Regardless if I didn't happen to feel the new sound, I would at least acknowledge that is still way creative, well written, and constructed music...Any fan of cursive should remember the line in the butcher song..."I'm writing songs...to entertain. But these people, they just want pain." Think about that line for a second...they are trying to be a form of entertainment and all people can seem to do is butcher it up and pretend like they know what music is supposed to be...like there is even a clearcut definition of what music is supposed to be even at all... If you can't understand that, then don't bother listening to cursive. You miss the freakin point. Excellent work on the album. Expand
  3. KennyM
    Sep 5, 2006
    The most lyrically and musically progressive album that has come out in a long time...even if you don't dig the direction cursive has gone in since the ugly organ, you must agree this album is epic, well-written, and important to the advancement of alternative rock...and it has some bitchin' horns. Expand
  4. CodyKiller
    Aug 23, 2006
    When i first read that they added a horn section I shuttered. I then actually go the album threw it on and was amazed on how well the horns were used. I feel the album is stronger that Ugly Organ, and is a great step for them. Expand
  5. BenS
    Mar 21, 2007
    The lyrical content on this album left much to be desired; it was angstful to the point that I stopped trying to look for redeeming quality in the lyrics. Still, the musical content (including Kasher's voice usage) was impeccable. It was powerful, the beats were complex and original, the horns were a nice touch, although still not as good as the strings from Ugly Organ, and everything blended together well very nicely. If Kasher would've opted to stick to lyrics that make him appear older than 14, I would have given it a 10. Expand
  6. JohnN
    Sep 1, 2006
    Powerful and writhing. An interesting and necessary idealogical attack on America's heartland. Still, I miss Greta's haunting strings.
  7. chriss
    Aug 22, 2006
    starts off strong (a la The Ugly Organ but not quite Domestica) but halfway through you begin to wonder what the hell Tim Kasher and co. were thinking when they decided to add horns. The musical arrangement is completely haphazard and is not too pleasing to the ears. Put down the bottle Tim and write some better music! Expand

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