Sound — 10
Cursive continues their quasi-tradition of quasi-concept albums with The Ugly Organ. The album consists of twelve tracks of pure emo bliss - it is, however, limiting to call Cursive "emo". The "concept album" flows very well from the opening drums of the art-punk perfection "Some Red Handed Sleight Of Hand" to the end of the ten plus minute "Staying Alive". The band makes full use of Gretta Cohn, the cellist, which gives the album a very powerful effect.
Lyrics — 10
"And now we proudly present/Songs of perverse and songs of lament". Tim Kasher opens the album with the clever, sarcastic line - remarking that he knows what criticism this album may compel, yet beating his adversaries to the punch. Kasher's lyrics throughout the album are filled with other shrewd and savvy lines about songwriting, relationships, and self-loathing.
Overall Impression — 10
Cursive's The Ugly Organ is one of the best independent rock records of this new millenium. Cursive suceeds in composing an indie rock masterpiece and the manifestation for what any emo band must reach for or surpass to enter the elite echelon of emo.