Reviews Label: Saddle Creek

Label: Saddle Creek

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Cursive - The Ugly Organ album cover

Cursive

The Ugly Organ, 2003

10.0 / 10
Multiple Authors

It's nice when bands can make beautiful music and still have it rock the casa. One thing that separates this from other similar "indie" bands is a cello, and just ...

Cursive - The Ugly Organ album cover

Cursive

The Ugly Organ, 2003

8.0 / 10
Multiple Authors

The Ugly Organ is an appropriate title for the Nebraska-based Cursive's latest effort. The band has put together an album that is dissonant, cacophonous, and beautiful at the same time. ...

Cursive - The Ugly Organ album cover

Cursive

The Ugly Organ, 2003

10.0 / 10
Multiple Authors

Cursive, being one of my favorite bands, had a lot to live up to with this release. Usually, when I absolutely love a band's records, they tend to fail to ...

The Good Life - Album of the Year album cover

The Good Life

Album of the Year, 2004

9.4 / 10

Tim Kasher manages to juggle two well-respected bands without taking a noticeable break. The strident noise of Cursive may sound much harsher than the soft melodies of The Good Life, ...

Bright Eyes - Lua / Take It Easy album cover

Bright Eyes

Lua / Take It Easy, 2004

3.2 / 10

Writing, recording, and releasing the "emo opus." Selling roughly around 175,000 units of that opus. Playing on late-night talk shows while maintaing indie-label status. Being courted by every major under ...

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning album cover

Bright Eyes

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, 2005

8.9 / 10

The morning is generally associated with hope and rebirth. Leave it up to sad-eyed pessimist Conor Oberst to reverse this symbol in I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning . Now the ...

Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital Urn album cover

Bright Eyes

Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, 2005

4.3 / 10

Digital Ash in a Digital Urn appears to be out of character for Conor Oberst. He incorporates heavy beats and samples that force his signature acoustic guitar into the closet. ...

Cursive - The Difference Between Houses and Homes album cover

Cursive

The Difference Between Houses and Homes, 2005

6.4 / 10

The release of Cursive's The Difference Between Houses and Homes: Lost Songs and Lose Ends reminded me what it was like to be excited for an album to come out. ...

Maria Taylor - 11:11 album cover

Maria Taylor

11:11, 2005

8.2 / 10

A spotlight can show a lot about a person. Over the course of her career Maria Taylor has been, arguably, the driving force behind both the bands Azure Ray and ...

Criteria - When We Break album cover

Criteria

When We Break, 2005

8.5 / 10

Let's get a few obvious bits of information out of the way. Criteria is the latest vehicle by one half of the early Cursive writing team, Steven Pederson. No, this ...

Two Gallants - What the Toll Tells album cover

Two Gallants

What the Toll Tells, 2006

9.0 / 10

One of my greatest passions in life is stories. I love stories. I love to be told stories, I love to tell stories, I love to interpret, dwell on, ponder, ...

Cursive - Happy Hollow album cover

Cursive

Happy Hollow, 2006

6.0 / 10
Multiple Authors

Cursive is one of my favorite bands. I was highly anticipating the release of their sixth LP, Happy Hollow. It had been over a year since their fifth release, The ...

Cursive - Happy Hollow album cover

Cursive

Happy Hollow, 2006

8.0 / 10
Multiple Authors

After completing their tour in support of the 2003 release The Ugly Organ, Cursive went on what many fans feared to be an indefinite hiatus. During the break lead vocalist ...

Ladyfinger (ne) - Heavy Hands album cover

Ladyfinger (ne)

Heavy Hands, 2006

3.5 / 10

First off, I have to say, "wow." This is really on Saddle Creek? That is totally unexpected. Being unfamiliar with what Ladyfinger (ne) is capable of musically, I am totally ...

Bright Eyes - Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998-2005) album cover

Bright Eyes

Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998-2005), 2006

6.7 / 10

If I had a bunch of superfans crocheting armwarmers for me I could sell my half-assed b-sides just like Connor Oberst. Connor/Imaginary Successful Me: Remember that song we made when ...

Bright Eyes - Cassadaga album cover

Bright Eyes

Cassadaga, 2007

6.6 / 10

In what's seemingly an attempt to depart from the boy wonder tagline which has chased him his entire career, Conor Oberst takes on a more mature tone with Cassadaga, the ...

Maria Taylor - Lynn Teeter Flower album cover

Maria Taylor

Lynn Teeter Flower, 2007

8.2 / 10

One of the first reviews I ever did for this website was for Maria Taylor's debut solo album, 11:11. It's been two years since our respective efforts and I think ...

Two Gallants - The Scenery of Farewell album cover

Two Gallants

The Scenery of Farewell, 2007

8.5 / 10

Two Gallants have left many critics, myself included, dumbfounded for a means of describing their music. Those less talented have made illusions to their folk rock contemporaries and labelmates, or ...

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