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For other uses, see Domestica (disambiguation).
Studio album by Cursive
Released June 20, 2000
Genre Indie rock, emo[1]
Length 32:18
Label Saddle Creek
Producer Mike Mogis
Cursive chronology
The Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song
Cursive's Domestica
Burst and Bloom
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[3] 3.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[5]

Domestica, released in 2000, is the third studio album by the American indie rock band Cursive. It is a concept album that tells the story of a relationship between two characters named "Sweetie" and "Pretty Baby." Both characters are mentioned by name in several of the songs on the album ("The Casualty," "The Martyr," "A Red So Deep," and "The Radiator Hums") as well as the title of "The Lament of Pretty Baby." While the ending track is ambiguous, lead singer Tim Kasher said in an interview that the couple stays together, despite their differences and fights.

While it is rightfully presumed that the album correlates directly with Kasher's divorce, additional dynamics were added to the story. One is the theme of cheating, prevalent in the songs "A Red So Deep" and "The Game of Who Needs Who the Worst." This album was the 31st release of Saddle Creek Records, released on CD as well as both red and black vinyl.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Cursive

No. Title Length
1. "The Casualty"   3:30
2. "The Martyr"   3:57
3. "Shallow Means, Deep Ends"   3:37
4. "Making Friends and Acquaintances"   2:58
5. "A Red So Deep"   4:40
6. "The Lament of Pretty Baby"   3:15
7. "The Game of Who Needs Who the Worst"   3:34
8. "The Radiator Hums"   3:24
9. "The Night I Lost the Will to Fight"   3:19



Additional Personnel[edit]

  • AJ Mogis - recording, mixing, mastering
  • Mike Mogis - recording, mixing, mastering, production
  • Doug Van Sloun - mastering
  • Zack Nipper - cover art model for "Sweetie"
  • Jenn Bernard - cover art model for "Pretty Baby"


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