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  1. 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 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"). Collapse
  2. 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 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. Expand
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

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  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.