Mama, I'm Swollen Tim Kasher is emo's grown-up hero — a punk who pays his mortgage. So it's a little awkward to find the Omaha native stricken with… Mama, I'm Swollen Tim Kasher is emo's grown-up hero — a punk who pays his mortgage. So it's a little awkward to find the Omaha native stricken with… 2009-03-10 Cursive Indie Rock
Music Review

Mama, I'm Swollen (2009)

Cursive | In the salon: Cursive sit pretty
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In the salon: Cursive sit pretty
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Mar 10, 2009; Lead Performance: Cursive; Genre: Indie Rock

Tim Kasher is emo's grown-up hero — a punk who pays his mortgage. So it's a little awkward to find the Omaha native stricken with Peter Pan syndrome on Cursive's sixth album, Mama, I'm Swollen. Kasher fantasizes about trading in the house and kid for a night at Pleasure Island, until reality finally sets in. ''Isn't it time you act your age?'' he taunts, and for better or worse, his band heeds that advice. Their clattering rock orchestras have mellowed, their loud/soft whiplash has gone slack, and two unsettling questions remain: Where has all the drama gone? And, good Lord, are those flutes? C+

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Originally posted Mar 11, 2009 Published in issue #1039 Mar 20, 2009 Order article reprints
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