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    The Ugly Organ (Deluxe)


    Remastered Deluxe 180g Vinyl Limited To 3000 2 LP


    Extensive Booklet With Photos From The Band's Archives, Alternate Album Art Sketches, A List Of All Tour Dates From The Era, Show Posters, And New Liner Notes Written By The A.V. Club's Kyle Ryan


    8 Bonus Tracks From The Era, Including 4 Tracks From The 8 Teeth To Eat You Split EP Previously Unreleased On Vinyl


    "A brilliant leap forward" -Rolling Stone


    "The best punk record you'll hear all year" -Magnet


    The Ugly Organ made landfall on March 4, 2003, the same day as Evanescence's Fallen and roughly two weeks
    before the start of the Iraq War. The darkest days of the Bush Era were settling in like a dense fog over the
    entire country, and the outlook was bleak. That made The Ugly Organ especially potent, its gloomy inward
    focus a natural re action of the era. The press accolades came quickly, from the mainstream (Rolling Stone
    called it "a brilliant leap forward," and Entertainment Weekly said it "raised the Saddle Creek bar") to the niche
    (The A.V. Club called it "a potent piece of rock art," Alternative Press gave it a perfect score).


    With The Ugly Organ, Cursive made a landmark album for itself and Saddle Creek. It was the label's 51st release
    and the second in what my colleague Marc Hawthorne called "Saddle Creek's holy trinity" in his liner notes for
    The Faint's Danse Macabre reissue: Danse Macabre, The Ugly Organ, and Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake, It's
    Morning. (I'd argue more for LIFTED or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground on that count, but I'll
    save that for the next time I see Marc.)


    Just prior to The Ugly Organ, Saddle Creek had released the celebratory compilation Saddle Creek 50, which
    included Cursive's gleefully self-referential "Nonsense" ("I really don't want to write another 'I'm a dick' song
    again"), which is included on this reissue. The label's 49th release had been another Cursive joint, the "Art is
    Hard" single, which featured the explosive six-minute B-side "Sinner's Serenade," also included here. Rounding
    it out are four songs from Cursive's split EP with Eastern Youth, 8 Teeth to Eat You-check out the ferocious
    playing by cellist Gretta Cohn on "Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly,
    Feb 24, 1997"-and two songs from the single for "The Recluse." It's an exhaustive-and exhausting-snapshot of a band realizing its power and wielding it for maximum impact.


    And then Cursive was gone. Again. Taking another of its intermittent hiatuses. An unease has accompanied
    every album after The Ugly Organ that it could be the last one-no, for real this time. Maybe because The Ugly
    Organ capped an unprecedented productive streak, ending a three-record, three-year run with an album that
    can't help but re ect the e ort that went into it. The exhaustion, the ambivalence, the doubt, it all bleeds out
    of those 12 tracks. At the end of "Staying Alive," the "ghost chorus" referenced in the liner notes sings, "The
    worst is over, Doo do Doo do Doo do Doo doo." On second thought, maybe it's neither hope nor resignation,
    but simple relief. The storm has passed. And it was a motherfucker.


    -Kyle Ryan, The A.V. Club

    1. The Ugly Organist
    2. Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand
    3. Art Is Hard
    4. The Recluse
    5. Herald! Frankenstein
    6. Butcher the Song
    7. Driftwood: A Fairy Tale
    8. A Gentleman Caller
    9. Harold Weathervein
    10. Bloody Murder
    11. Sierra
    12. Staying Alive
    13. Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly Feb 24, 1997*
    14. Am I Not Yours?*
    15. Escape Artist*
    16. May Flowers*
    17. Sinner's Serenade*
    18. Nonsense*
    19. Once*
    20. Adapt*


    *Bonus Tracks

    Cursive
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    Lighthouse

    Lighthouse is an intimate, stripped-down set that highlights David Crosbys instantly recognizable voice, incisive songwriting, and incomparable guitar work. The palpable joy in the 9-song collection captures the iconic artist in an unexpected burst of inspiration.


    For Lighthouse, Crosby received an able assist from Michael League, the bandleader/bassist for Snarky Puppy who executive produced and co-wrote much of the album with Crosby.


    Lighthouse features a rare economy of sound, filled primarily by David Crosbys voice and guitars, and Michael Leagues bass. Theres a sparse, unvarnished quality to the tracks that allows the songs breathing room and for the full emotional weight of the lyrics to emerge, unencumbered by extraneous instrumentation.


    On album opener, Things We Do For Love, written for his wife Jan, Davids vocals reflect a poetic tenderness. On Paint You A Picture, a cinematic tale of romantic regret co-written with Marc Cohn (Walking In Memphis), they are filled with remorseful resignation.


    The longtime social activist lands his political punches as he bitingly condemns the craven politicians who send other peoples children to war on Somebody Other Than You, and compassionately reminds us that we are all the same on Look In Their Eyes, a poignant tale about the Syrian refugee crisis.


    Particularly striking on Lighthouse is Davids piquant guitar playing, which is as inventive as always, but never flashy. By turns gentle and caustic, his work here surprised even him as he discovered new tones.

    1. Things We Do For Love
    2. The Us Below
    3. Drive Out To The Desert
    4. Look In Their Eyes
    5. Somebody Other Than You
    6. The City
    7. Paint You A Picture
    8. What Makes It So
    9. By The Light Of Common Day
    David Crosby
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