Mama, I'm Swollen

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Mama, I'm Swollen
Cursive mama.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1, 2009 (Digital)
March 10, 2009 (CD)
May 19, 2009 (LP)
GenreEmo, indie rock
LabelSaddle Creek
ProducerA. J. Mogis
Cursive chronology
Happy Hollow
Mama, I'm Swollen
I Am Gemini

Mama, I'm Swollen is the sixth studio album by the American indie rock band Cursive, on Saddle Creek Records.[1] It was released on March 1, 2009 digitally, March 10 on CD, and was released on LP on May 19, 2009. The entire album was played through as a preview at Subterranean in Chicago on June 27, 2008. On February 24, 2009 the band released "From the Hips" on their website.


On Sunday March 1, 2009, the album was released digitally in 320 kbit/s MP3 with digital booklet and cover art through the Saddle Creek website at the cost of $1.00 USD, with a one dollar increase in price until its release day.[2]

This is the 132nd album released by Saddle Creek Records. Each CD digipak and 180 gram red vinyl/CD gatefold package order will come with a bonus download card with other songs, demos, and videos.


Initial critical response to Mama, I'm Swollen ranged from mixed to positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 65, based on 14 reviews.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound(9/10)[5]
Blender3.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly(C+)[7]
Pitchfork Media(5.2/10)[8]
Rock Sound8/10 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes2.5/5 stars[13]

Track listing[edit]

1."In the Now"2:34
2."From the Hips"3:55
3."I Couldn't Love You"3:21
6."We're Going to Hell"4:53
7."Mama, I'm Satan"4:28
8."Let Me Up"4:47
9."Mama, I'm Swollen"3:20
10."What Have I Done?"6:11

Bonus Material Download Card[edit]

CD and LP versions of the album came with a Bonus Material Download Card to enable the customer to download five bonus tracks and 14 tour videos not included on the album by going to and entering the code found on the card. The code only works once.

Bonus Tracks

  1. "All I Know"
  2. "Mama's Baggage"
  3. "I Couldn't Love You (demo, alternate lyrics)"
  4. "What Have I Done (demo, extra verse, alternate lyrics)"
  5. "In the Now (demo, alternate lyrics)"


  1. ^ Cursive's Latest Album. Noise Press. Retrieved 2009-02-26
  2. ^ $1 for Cursive's New Album. Noise Press. Retrieved on 2009-03-01
  3. ^ "Cursive:Mama, I'm Swollen (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  4. ^ Mama, I'm Swollen at AllMusic
  5. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  6. ^ Blender review
  7. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  8. ^ Pitchfork review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Kellehar, Rachel (June 2009). "Cursive – Mama, I'm Swollen." Rock Sound (123): 82. ISSN 1465-0185.
  11. ^ Rolling Stone review
  12. ^ Slant review
  13. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review

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