Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The Ugly Organ is greater than the sum of its parts, with tracks that flow into one another seamlessly in spite of the wildly varying tempo and stylistic changes, not surprisingly like a classical piece in that regard.
  2. Unfortunately, the album is too top-heavy to be seaworthy, the back end full of Fugazi knockoffs and half a song stretched out to ten minutes in a forced attempt at a showstopping finale.
  3. 60
    This is a very odd album. [Apr 2003, p.103]
  4. Splendid, splenetic stuff. [Apr 2003, p.102]
  5. 70
    Cursive employ musical inventiveness and a healthy dose of self-awareness to set themselves apart. [Apr 2003, p.102]
  6. Organ raises the Saddle Creek bar in terms of sheer psychiatric-rock intensity. [Listen 2 This supplement, Mar 2003, p.10]
  7. An enthralling emotional powerhouse propped up by fantastic post-punk that rips your head off and then gently sews it back in place. [Apr 2003, p.74]
  8. 80
    With the groundbreaking stab at emo self-analysis, Cursive deserve at least a boost out of the emo ghetto. [Apr 2003, p.122]
  9. A challenging, yet highly rewarding listen.
  10. 90
    The best punk record you'll hear all year, articulate and amped all the same. [#58, p.86]
  11. This record is a composite of everything that is good about modern music.
  12. Kasher's jagged, jarring song cycle suggests an unholy fusion of the Cure's Robert Smith and Sebadoh's Lou Barlow.
  13. Somehow The Ugly Organ has enough pop appeal and pseudo-uplifting sentiment to make it listenable.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. GlennM
    Aug 21, 2005
    10
    Just awsome. All of it is a brilliant listen and songs like recluse and driftwood have awsome beats. Sleight of Hand is one of the best songs Ive ever heard for its intensity. Full Review »
  2. Jan 2, 2012
    10
    The Ugly Organ is dark, intense, and original. The reflective lyrics are deep and relatable. The songs: The Recluse and Driftwood are brilliant and some of my favorites of all time. The last song 'Staying Alive' reaches an emotion peak that will only be understood by people whom have been in a dark places in their lives. Highly recommended to those who like self reflection in music. Full Review »
  3. roguecheddar
    Mar 11, 2007
    10
    best album ever besides domestica go buy it like NOW