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  • Summary: This is the debut solo album for the lead singer of Cursive and The Good Life.
  • Record Label: Saddle Creek Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    As poetry alone, it's interesting, but the music's elegance make it something more. [Jan 2011, p.93]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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. 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"). Expand
  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