Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Review: A Cursive Memory

A Cursive Memory
By: Keaton

I was probably one of the most excited people for A Cursive Memory's
Vagrant debut, Changes. Last week, when it came out, I popped it onto my
ipod, expecting a bunch of uppity jams perfect for the gym or a feel good
car ride with my best friends. Boy, was I wrong! The first few songs:
South, Everything, Changes, Perfect Company, and Bank fit the image of
ACM I previously had, and I literally imed a friend of mine like "THE
NEW ACM CD IS SO AMAZING." Then I hit Lions, which lyrically is a really
great song, emphasizing just how emotionally raw these 3 California boys
are, opening up with all their judgments of others, and internal
conflict. Musically, the whole almost reggae sound just slows down
Changes way too soon.

The following song, The Piano Song, just slowed down this seemingly amazing album even more, and the YET ANOTHER pop followed; Tonight Lites, and agaiiiiin came another slower, mushy song, All the Weak. Then another one, A Different Kind of Love, but finally, Believe ups the tempo, on the second to last song, and Figure
it Out is slower, but a good closer for Changes, but much like all the
other ballad-y songs, it drones on for much too long, repeating the same
choruses over and over. I hate to say it, but I was incredibly
disappointed with this release. I did not expect a jumble of slow pop
ballads clumped in the middle of amazing pop, with messages that every
teenager is faced with; being scared of time, of change, or your peers,
the opposite sex, of what you think, and life in general. If there had
simply been fewer slow songs on Changes, even if it had meant the album
would only have been 8 tracks or a 6 track EP, I would have been much
more impressed and satisfied with A Cursive Memory's debut.

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