Mama, I'm Swollen

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. There is of course a huge market for their kind of angst-ridden emo, and in many ways--particularly lyrically--this album sounds like it's been lifted straight from the emo handbook, which may well satisfy many listeners. For the less committed, however, the lack of the band's usual wit and musical inventiveness will be missed.
  2. Cursive haven't sounded this crazed and inspired since their breakthrough album, 2003's "The Ugly Organ."
  3. Its high points undeniably high, the end result is nevertheless another mild disappointment from a songwriter who would do well to cut his songs loose a bit and let them stand on their own.
  4. For a band like Cursive to produce an album as self-pitying and mournful as Swollen is, frankly, a disappointment, especially considering the fact that the Omaha quartet tackled twenty-something melodrama with such delightful insolence on "Ugly Organ."
  5. Kasher still embraces his flaws and while that may not work to the record's advantage when it does Cursive hits hard as ever.
  6. It’s definitely an improvement over "Happy Hollow," but the band has yet to reclaim the impulse that attracted so many of their fans in the first place.
  7. Kasher has zero ability to or interest in dialing down his drama and giving Cursive’s highbrow emo rock room to breathe.
  8. Tim Kasher is emo's grown-up hero--a punk who pays his mortgage. So it's a little awkward to find the Omaha native stricken with Peter Pan syndrome on Cursive's sixth album, Mama, I'm Swollen.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JesseT
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    I am a long time fan of Cursive and I think this album is excellent.
  2. beaus
    Mar 14, 2009
    9
    Critics... you envy the creative genius that is cursive thats why you are writing words and not creating music like the people you review. Critics... you envy the creative genius that is cursive thats why you are writing words and not creating music like the people you review. You know nothing. Full Review »
  3. LyleS
    Mar 13, 2009
    3
    Cursive has been on a gradual decline since their fourth album The Ugly Organ. Kashir has become more obnoxious with his sexual issues and Cursive has been on a gradual decline since their fourth album The Ugly Organ. Kashir has become more obnoxious with his sexual issues and less vulnerable which has eliminated the endearing quality of the lyrics. Ultimately, especially for any long time fan, this album is boring - like a friend who only calls to talk about the same issues over and over again. We get it Tim - you have a love/hate relationship with sex, suburbia, and religion. You can't live with them and can't live without them. We heard that loud and clear six years ago and your message has been getting repetitious. Oh, and the music sucks too. Full Review »