by Vincent Lee
Changes is the debut album of the band A Cursive Memory.* The album is 12 songs long and around 45 minutes. Listening to this was arguably some of the most trying 45 minutes of my life. There is little to no distinguishing between the twelve songs. The vocals are a horrible piercing high pitched whine. The actual instrumentals are some kind of up tempo keyboard-guitar repetition that has little to no depth. Simply put, this album is terrible.
Its hard to find an exact genre for this type of music. According to the band's myspace page they are indie/alternative/pop. Under a loose interpretation one might agree with this. Emo could also be readily applied, considering the style of vocals. Though some might attest it isn't “depressing” enough for the emo genre. Genre aside, the musical style is nothing particularly innovative. The sparse keyboard is probably the most notable aspect. The lyrics are nothing to note either. They range from general and non-descript to pathetically cheesy. The second song “Everything” features these lines: “I guess we'll have to spell it out /You're my E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G /Everywhere, everytime, everything.” This is about the peak of their lyrical creativity.
As one might have gathered, pinpointing a “highlight track” is impossible, or a highlight second for that matter. Despite these obvious negatives, some might find joy in the “cheery” indie/emo/alternative nature of this band. The Fall Out Boy or Cartel scene may enjoy this band. However, if one is searching for a new refreshing sound or one with depth, Changes is sadly disappointing.
*A Cursive Memory issued their debut EP Respeck! in 2006.
(Promotional photo of A Cursive Memory from Vagrant Records.)
A Cursive Memory
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by Vincent Lee