The Game of Monogamy - Saddle Creek
FILTER Grade: 80%
By Tamara Vallejos on September 14, 2010
Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher is a prime example of how sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. His uneven warble, bi-polar song structures, and intensely confessional lyrics could easily equal disaster, yet somehow Kasher’s method works. He’s an unpolished everyman, composing from our collective internal monologue and dismissing shame so we can take an unflinching look at relationships, sex, and all other manner of desires. That brutal honesty is yet again present on The Game of Monogamy, Kasher’s solo debut after nearly two decades in the biz. And while his newfound symphonic leanings (hello, string section!) are welcome, the real soul of Monogamy is in its theme: Practically every song explores the relatable yo-yo of emotions that accompanies the transition between indiscreet youthfulness and faithful suburban adulthood. Perhaps Kasher’s appeal is more in the psychology behind his music than the music itself, but so what? We all need a good therapy session now and then.