Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Musically, Kasher is all over the place, laying down enough staccato horn sections, sweeping strings, and quirky time signatures to give Sufjan Stevens a run for his money. What the Game of Monogamy occasionally lacks in hooks, it more than makes up for in style.
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    40
    There's not a song here that feels useful outside the context of another chapter in Kasher's discography, and thus ultimately doesn't seem likely to inspire much emotion outside of the core Saddle Creek crowd.
  3. As with most of Kasher's work, the main draws of Monogamy aren't really musical--words always get prominence over melody. Simply put, if you get a spark out of idealizing your romantic failures by doing things like drunkenly Googling ex-girlfriends (as he does in great detail on "There Must Be Something I've Lost"), listening to Monogamy as a whole is like dousing yourself in gasoline.
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    As poetry alone, it's interesting, but the music's elegance make it something more. [Jan 2011, p.93]
  5. Dec 22, 2010
    60
    In small doses, it's insightful and infectious, but after a whole album's worth of introspection Kasher starts to sound like a bit of a whinge bag. [Jan 2011, p.138]
  6. Oct 26, 2010
    70
    Monogamy's slower numbers are as riveting, too, though as always Kasher's blunt lyrics and aggressive sarcasm are an acquired taste. [Fall 2010, p.60]
  7. Beneath the snappy hooks and horn melodies, "Cold Love" is a grim catalogue of a moribund relationship. A similar sound shrouds an especially discomfiting trip into his id, "Bad, Bad Dreams." Other songs, like "The Prodigal Husband" and "There Must Be Something I've Lost," have fewer accoutrements to soften the blows. But it all works.
  8. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    So far into his career this record might easily be overlooked, yet given the chance it's both a moving and rewarding listen.
  9. 70
    His debut solo album sports lyrics of the sort Loudon Wainwright III has been writing for decades, set to harp, oboe, strings, and horns. Lacerating sentiments clash with pretty sounds as Kasher holds forth on his "death wish," detailing the foibles of prodigal husbands.
  10. It's an album's worth of lamentation for accidentally getting older, and it's one of Kasher's most affecting albums to date. [Nov 2010, p.114]
  11. It's at times shocking how off-key the album actually is. The music switches between dry and histrionic. The lyrics are flat and repetitive.
  12. 70
    While his newfound symphonic leanings (hello, string section!) are welcome, the real soul of Monogamy is in its theme: Practically every song explores the relatable yo-yo of emotions that accompanies the transition between indiscreet youthfulness and faithful suburban adulthood.
  13. Dec 21, 2010
    70
    This is considerably more poppy than what you'd expect from Cursive, and it's clear: Kasher has never been content with playing it safe.
  14. Monogamy falls somewhere near the bottom rung. The indie game has changed. Without the Cursive name behind him, Tim Kasher is, sadly, not much of a player.
  15. 70
    All in all, Monogamy is a bit underwhelming, but there is understated humor in Kasher's musings, and he has a flair for infectious melodies without hooks. He snaps the puzzle pieces together, whether it's a fit or not.
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  1. Nov 14, 2011
    7
    I'm a fan of Tim Kasher's work from the band's Cursive and The Good Life, the lyrics are deep and I find very relatable. This album althoughI'm a fan of Tim Kasher's work from the band's Cursive and The Good Life, the lyrics are deep and I find very relatable. This album although not close to his best work, has some good songs worth listening too. The theme is similar to what has been sung before but there is passion and some moments that come alive. Probably the most difficult part of the album's lyrics are the lack of romance and pessimism, although life can suck its nice still to long and desire for something more or different but the songs have some reflective depth nonetheless. Recommended. Full Review »
  2. Nov 16, 2010
    7
    Another "concept" album from Saddle Creek's other workhorse Tim Kasher. It has been evident for over a decade that once the Cursive and GoodAnother "concept" album from Saddle Creek's other workhorse Tim Kasher. It has been evident for over a decade that once the Cursive and Good Life front man starts obsessing over an idea, he inflates it into a full scale arsenal on each album he puts out. Those who say this album is repetitive, well they are right, but how is that different from any of the past albums this man has released? The problem with this one is it seems a little half cooked at times and could have been fleshed out a bit more. But, the arrangements are at times gorgeous and when he gets it right, he really gets it right ("No Fireworks"). Full Review »