The Good Life
Tim Kasher is recognized for his ability to reflect upon life’s harshest moments with an unflinching, steady glance, but when the Cursive frontman began writing material that didn’t quite fit the mold, the Good Life was born. Kasher still channels familiar demons (the tension of broken relationships), but instead of the gut-wrenching screams, cutting discordance and dramatic riffs of Cursive, the Good Life approach is much more subdued. Songs are stretched into more melodic territory, ranging from spaghetti westerns and jangly piano pop to new-wave dashes and the folky revelations of a Sunday hangover. The band remains every bit as dramatic and disheartening as other Omaha luminaries, including Cursive, except Kasher relies less on full-throttle aggression and more on melody and a sarcastically venomous pen to deliver the critical barbs he is known for.