Mama, I'm Swollen

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Mama, I'm Swollen
Cursive mama.jpg
Studio album by Cursive
Released March 1, 2009 (Digital)
March 10, 2009 (CD)
May 19, 2009 (LP)
Genre Emo, indie rock
Length 40:47
Label Saddle Creek
Producer A. J. Mogis
Cursive chronology
Happy Hollow
(2006)
Mama, I'm Swollen
(2009)
I Am Gemini
(2012)

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.

Release[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[5]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[7]
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[8]
PopMatters (5/10)[9]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 2.5/5 stars[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "In the Now" 2:34
2. "From the Hips" 3:55
3. "I Couldn't Love You" 3:21
4. "Donkeys" 3:58
5. "Caveman" 3:23
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 http://saddle-creek.com/mamaimswollen 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)"

References[edit]

  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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