Help Wanted Nights - The Good Life
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  • Summary: Originally conceived as a solo project for Cursive's frontman Tim Kasher, the Omaha band now releases its fourth album.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 76
    It’s Kasher’s knack for minimalism that moves Help Wanted Nights as it flows in and out, building and falling with intensity.
  2. Help Wanted Nights finally finds Kasher challenging himself again, imposing constraints and seeing how well he can work within them.
  3. So, far from rehashing in a genre where that danger is always lurking, The Good Life remain reasonably fresh. A few more steps towards something else might be welcome, but for now their poise and position is utterly lovable.
  4. The songs on Help Wanted Nights are all solid, simple, yet melodic, about running away from home and trying to find home and breaking up, but nothing really stands out.
  5. Musically, this is the most ambitious album they have undertaken, and they preform admiraby on songs like 'Share of Men.' [Summer 2007, p.73]
  6. 60
    There's the unmistakable whiff of eternal under-achievement that pervades cute but forgettable ditties like 'Share Of Men' and 'Heartbroke.' [Oct 2007, p.98]
  7. 40
    His lonesome drawl may sound arresting when it's 3 a.m. and you're stumbling home from the bar, but maudlin tunes like 'You Don't Feel Like Home to Me' and 'Some Tragedy' need more than quietly strummed minor chords to sell their hard-luck laments. [Oct 2007, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. GabeY.
    Apr 6, 2008
    This cd was amazing. The reviewers need to research the band and the genre and take into consideration many more things.
  2. AndrewC.
    Oct 31, 2007
    Tim Kasher is still amazing people. The day he writes a bad album call me up and i will personally reimburse your purchase. It's still The Good Life but with a different kind of twist I don't know how to describe. If you've only heard Heartbroke, get this album at once - it is nothing like the rest of the record. I really love it. Still can't stop humming Keely Aimee. You Don't Feel Like Home To Me is a perfect example of what this band is capable of and is them at their shimmering best. So Let Go proves Kasher still has the ability to make you weep like he did on Novena On a Nocturn. Pick it up asap! Expand