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The Good Life started out as a means for Tim Kasher to use a songwriting approach that differed from his other projects (namely, Cursive), but it didn’t take long for the solo project to become a band, and for that band to finally come into its own.

The Good Life’s sound has evolved from the refined, quiet of the first full-length, Novena on a Nocturn, to the moody hooks of 2002’s Black Out, to the sing-along anthems of divorce and disillusionment found on the recent Lovers Need Lawyers EP. The sum of these parts is found on Album of the Year.

Album of the Year brings all that is the sound of The Good Life to fruition – catchy, moody that fluctuates between the all-ages club and the smoky cabaret, right alongside sing-along crescendos that spin into cinematic bursts. In short, every song has a plan – every song is going someplace, and lyrically, going there will inevitably involve leaving, being left, or leaving in anticipation of being left. Kasher’s ability to cleverly turn an innocuous phrase into a malicious slur of ill will leaves you not knowing whether to laugh or cry, all the while giving you the distinct impression that you’ll be quoting him at some point down the road. With that said, could Album of the Year just as well be called Break-up Album of the Year? Maybe. But that would limit it to being compared only to other break-up albums, and, well, it can hold its own.


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  • chrisguild

    would love a new album, one of my most loved bands.

    9 Jul 7:55am Reply
  • melkmeintogepi

    I'm torn by these news. Would love new Cursive (last album was sorta naaaaaaaaaa) but new The Good Life would also be excellent. Tim Kasher's better than most people will ever know...

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Audiobinge

    Seattle: Tim said no new songs have been written for Cursive. New Good Life material may be coming soon, maybe mid to late 2014.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • meanmrmustard

    I don't normally do this, but check out my album Drinking of You, extremely inspired by The Good Life:

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • akai_android

    Sounds like Boards of Canada for children and metalheads.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • weendril

    i didn't know the word 'bike' was verb

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Audiobinge

    Spoke with Ted from Cursive last night and he said new Good Life may be on the way. Not sure but they're still together, just doing other life things. Stephanie had a baby I think. Tim is living in Chicago with his lady, those types of things.

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gui_x

    look good

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    just heard them on great!

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Audiobinge

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Zaxtreme

    Exist again...

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • soullessmate

    Help wanted nights has brilliant lyrics. One of my favorite albums of all time and some tragedy has the most well written lyrics among all the songs of this genre.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • melkmeintogepi

    I think Tim Kasher chord progressions and voice and stuff always take a while to get used to but surely aren't awful.

    13 Oct 2011 Reply
  • cataporah

    my life was good right up until i head their music, god awful

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    I meant to say Moonface. Spencer Krug is in Moonface. And you're right Dan Boeckner is in Handsome Furs. I got mixed up for a minute there, haha.

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • meanmrmustard

    Spencer Krug is not in Handsome Furs! The other guy from Wolf Parade, Dan Boeckner, is in Handsome Furs.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • dontsagemebro

    so underrated

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    @donotlabel I would suggest Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, other bands with Spencer Krug (since you said you like Sunset Rubdown) and check out Owen. It's a solo project of a dude named Mike Kinsella and it's mostly acoustic music, but the lyrics are absolutely beautiful and touching.

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • ImmortalAnn

    не плохо)

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • donotlabel

    And for the people labling this as emo- with all due respect, grab a dictionary and look at the definition. Emo is a whole differenr genre on it's own. Emotional lyrics does not make a band emo

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
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