I was late to the party when it comes to Nebraska-based indie rockers Cursive. The Tim Kaher-fronted outfit had been at it for more than a decade when my pal Brian Krasman turned me on to their masterful 2006 release “Happy Hollow.” That album was a revelation and set me scrambling to get my hands on Cursive’s earlier releases. Needless to say I’ve been a fan ever since.
Saddle Creek is offering up a deluxe reissue of Cursive’s 2003 release “The Ugly Organ.” Ironically enough, the original is my least favorite album by the band. I found myself enjoying the reissue more than I expected as the original 12 tracks are augmented by eight bonus cuts.
The best songs on “The Ugly Organ” — both in 2003 and today — are “Some Red handed Sleight of Hnad,” “Butcher the Song,” “Driftwood: A Fairy Tale” and “Sierra,” while sprawling 10-minute closer “Staying Alive” still doesn’t do anything for me at all. Among the bonus cuts, “Am I Not Yours?”, “Escape Artist,” “Sinner’s Serenade” and “Adapt” are the ones you’ll want to revisit. (Jeffrey Sisk)