Curse Your Branches

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Curse Your Branches
David Bazan - Curse Your Branches.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1, 2009
Recorded2008–2009, Bazan's home studio, Seattle, Washington, United States
GenreIndie rock, Folk rock
Length36:42
LanguageEnglish
LabelBarsuk (bark83)
ProducerDavid Bazan
David Bazan chronology
Fewer Moving Parts
(2006)
Curse Your Branches
(2009)
Live at Electrical Audio
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The A.V. Club(B+)[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Paste Magazine(8.9/10)[3]
Pop Matters8/10 stars[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes9/10 stars[5]
Robert Christgau(A-)[6]

Curse Your Branches is the first full-length album by David Bazan, the front-man 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".[7]

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.[8]

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #116 on the Billboard 200 the week of its release.[9]

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]

  1. ^ The A.V. Club review
  2. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Review: Curse Your Branches". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  3. ^ Paste Magazine review
  4. ^ Pop Matters review
  5. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (1 March 2010). "Consumer Guide: March 2010". MSN Music. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Curse Your Branches Metacritic Page". Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Davidbazan.com — Curse Your Branches Mixing & Mastering Notes". Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Curse Your Branches' Billboard.com chart profile". Retrieved 11 September 2009.