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Burst And Bloom

Saddle Creek 35

Released on July 24, 2001


After the critically acclaimed release of last year's 'Cursive's Domestica', Omaha's Cursive are back on the forefront of the post hardcore/indie rock music scene. Their combination of melody and technical madness continues on the latest release, 'Burst and Bloom', a new five song EP that not only reflects that familiar intensity but also introduces us to a new aspect of the band and coincidentally a new member as well. Gretta Cohn is a welcome addition; adding her cello expertise to the songs of Burst and Bloom. The strings are an amazing complement to the frenetic intensity at the core of the band's sound. Ted Stevens, from Lullaby for the Working Class, continues to add his songwriting and vocal presence to the mix as well. The EP starts out with 'Sink to the Beat', a self analytical song from the perspective of Cursive as a whole. Tim breaks down the "marketing scheme" of the EP and the "DC Sound" of the band not long before they break into a mantra of "Hit."

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 9 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Sink To The Beat Voted #2  25%
2 The Great Decay Voted #1  31%
3 Tall Tales, Telltales  11%
4 Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?  14%
5 Fairytales Tell Tales Voted #3  19%
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Trinity from Titusville, FL 
Nov 27 2010 Rating: 3/5 Stars

only listend to the cd once... but not too impressed. hopefully the cd will grow on me... im a fan of the ugly organ and domestica...spend your money on those albums

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Mike from Oakbrook, IL 
Dec 20 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cursive's best CD in my opinion. I love the first song. I wish it was longer. I always get upset when it is over. I recommend this and Ugly Organ.

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Pat from West St. Paul, MN 
Jan 9 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Five beauitful songs from Cursive. Burst and Bloom is a great CD. I like this and Domestica the most. So far, every album I've heard is excellent. Start with Domestica, if you have that, get this, if you have this, get the ugly organ.

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Robert from Hampden-sydney, VA 
Jul 18 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Great EP...This was the first album Cursive did with the cello player and it is the perfect transition between Domestica and The Ugly Organ. The cello isn't as prevelant or obvious in this disc, and after listening to both Burst and Bloom and The Ugly Organ for a long time now I think that this is actually a good thing, as the cello seems much more naturally integrated into the songs. Either way, it's Cursive, so you know it's going to be amazing. Well worth your money.

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Doyle from Inverness, IL 
Jan 29 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

cursive is amazing, burst and bloom is amazing, high price not alot of songs, ge over it, its cursive and they deserve your ear

a cello and a bunch of instrumental genuises shoved in a room to become the new centuries best band, sounds like they lik eeachother.

the music is powerful, the soul drips in sorrow, a man who quivers in his corner keeps his heart going with music it saves lives, and cursive saves lives long life cursive, the should cryogenically freeze him in 15 years so he can come back in to future and reinvent music again and be reigned king any day in my living room

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Ken from Rices Landing, PA 
Nov 24 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Ooh wow this EP is pretty good. It's not long enough, and I just flat out prefer The Ugly Organ and Domestica over this because Gretta is just too in the backround and it seems to throw things a bit. Gretta is awesome!

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Bruno from St-hyacinthe, PQ Canada 
Dec 25 2002 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This EP is perfect !

All the songs are amazing. This is definitely their best stuff. I really liked Domestica but this one is going one step further. They are defining their new sound. By listening to this cd, you can easily see that they are great musicians. It's intelligent music !!

If you liked their previous stuff, you will not be disappointed !!

I can't wait for their Full Length !!

Buy it

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Ryan from Golden, CO 
Apr 12 2002 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This album is definitely one of Cursive's finest. It has incredible musicianship and I love the cello they recently added. If you like bands kind of like the casket lottery i would definitely recommend this cd. The Great Decay is probably my favorite song.

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Georgia from Canterbury, Victoria, Australi 
Sep 18 2001 Rating: 4/5 Stars

The best release from this band, and not a moment too soon after the reasonably disappointing 'Domestica' album. This EP is the perfect blend between the slightly poppier stuff of 'Domestica', the emotion of 'Such blinding stars...', and the darkness of 'Storms of early summer', oh, and the introduction of a cello really adds resonance. Eagerly anticipating their next full length.

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