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Cursive | Burst And Bloom (Saddle Creek)
The latest in Saddle Creek Europe's confusing range of re-issues from their US back-catalogue, 'Burst And Bloom' was originally released on the other side of the pond in July 2001. The mid-point between 'Domestica' and 'The Ugly Organ' LP's, this five-track EP catches Tim Kasher's vehicle in fine fettle. Setting love and loss against a backdrop that twists the post-hardcore grind into the ground, Cursive are Fugazi lifting basslines from The Police. It's a truly riveting noise, none more so than the imminent storm clouds of Tall Tales, Telltales. Certainly a worthwhile re-issue, far better late than never.

Ian Fletcher
June-July 2003

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