Curse Your Branches

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Curse Your Branches
Studio album by David Bazan
Released September 1, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009, Bazan's home studio, Seattle, Washington, United States
Genre Indie rock
Length 36:42
Language English
Label Barsuk (bark83)
Producer David Bazan
David Bazan chronology
Fewer Moving Parts
(2006)
Curse Your Branches
(2009)
Live at Electrical Audio
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club B+[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Paste Magazine (8.9/10)[3]
Pop Matters 8/10 stars[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes 9/10 stars[5]

Curse Your Branches is the first full-length album by David Bazan, the former lead singer of the indie rock band Pedro the Lion. It was released on September 1, 2009, on Barsuk Records. It is rated 82/100 by critics on Metacritic, earning it the distinction of "universal acclaim".[6]

The album was recorded from early 2008 to mid-2009 by David Bazan in his basement studio near Seattle, Washington. Additional recording, mixing, and mastering was done by long-time collaborator and former Pedro the Lion member T. W. Walsh at his studio in Massachusetts.[7]

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #116 on the Billboard 200 the week of its release.[8]

The same day as this album was released, Bazan also put out a single covering Bob Dylan's "The Man in Me" backed with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bazan, except where otherwise noted

  1. "Hard to Be" – 6:23
  2. "Bless This Mess" – 3:57
  3. "Please Baby, Please" – 3:49
  4. "Curse Your Branches" – 3:34
  5. "Harmless Sparks" – 2:30
  6. "When We Fell" – 3:40
  7. "Lost My Shape" – 3:44
  8. "Bearing Witness" – 3:13
  9. "Heavy Breath" – 3:19
  10. "In Stitches" – 4:33
iTunes Store bonus tracks
  1. "The Man in Me" (Bob Dylan) – 2:55

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians
Other personnel
  • Bob Andrews – photography
  • Christian Helms and Renee Fernandez (The Decoder Ring) – cover art

References[edit]