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Domestica

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The Casualty
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The Martyr
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Shallow Means, Deep Ends
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Making Friends and Acquaintances
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A Red So Deep
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The Lament of Pretty Baby
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The Game of Who Needs Who the Worst
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The Radiator Hums
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The Night I Lost the Will to Fight
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 32:15

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Jonah Bayer

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02.01.11
Cursive, Cursive’s Domestica
2000 | Label: Saddle Creek

We’ve all had failed relationships but Tim Kasher has a knack for transforming these experiences into songs that are as complex and dizzying as the personal interactions they’re based on. Correspondingly bone-shaking bass lines and Dischord Records-inspired guitars create a brittle sonic backdrop for Kasher’s lyrical barbs, which teem with so much vitriol it’s hard to believe they can be translated into digital ones and zeroes. “Well get on that cross, that’s all you’re good… read more »

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Breathtaking

jjmonroe

This album beats you over the head, both musically and thematically, for its entire 32 minutes. It's an absolute classic, and if I go more than a few weeks without listening to it, I kick myself in the shins as punishment. There is not a single wasted moment on this album.

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Evil

MrGridlock

This has to be one of the most raw progressions of a relationship failing ever. This album has great songs "The Casualty" "The Lament of Pretty Baby" "The Night I Lost the Will to Fight" but also stands together as a whole extremely well.

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This is the one

EMUSIC-01E4C5FA

Anyone who has followed Cursive since their humble beginnings would recognize this as their masterpiece. Domestica is loud, discordant, and excellent. Start here.

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With more rock and less whine, Cursive provides an exclamation point to the emo scene with Domestica, their third release. Led by vocalists Tim Kasher and former Lullaby for the Working Class frontman Ted Stevens, Domestica explores Kasher’s messy divorce through a series of clever but transparent metaphors. Domestica is a concept album harping on the ugliness and beauty of love, a treatise on the pains of divorce and romance. While the themes are nothing new, they are executed inventively. Half the songs don’t even contain a chorus, replacing the classic song structure with a string of middle eights held together by the exceptional rhythm section. Despite the instrumental prowess, the true standout on this record is Kasher. His throaty voice propels the album’s most satiating cut, “A Red So Deep,” from a dissonant clang to an effortless whisper. From the hard rock of the D.C. scene (“The Martyr,” “The Radiator Hums”) to the classic Pavement sound (“Making Friends and Acquaintances”), Cursive proves they are more than the typical emo band. Kasher’s marital troubles transform the selections on Domestica from mere calls for help to anthems of rejection. – Yancey Strickler

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