The Ugly Organ

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The Ugly Organ
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 4, 2003
November 24 2014 (re-release)
GenreEmo, indie rock, post-hardcore, baroque pop
LabelSaddle Creek
ProducerTim Kasher and Mike Mogis
Cursive chronology
Burst and Bloom
The Ugly Organ
The Difference Between Houses and Homes

The Ugly Organ is the fourth studio album by the American band Cursive, released in 2003. The album is the 51st release from Saddle Creek Records. It was released both on black and translucent green 180 gram vinyl.

"Art Is Hard" and "The Recluse" were released as singles from the album.

The album was re-released on November 24, 2014, as a remastered deluxe edition which includes four songs from Cursive’s split EP with Eastern Youth, 8 Teeth to Eat You, the song "Sinners Serenade" from the art is hard EP, the song "Nonsense" which appeared on the saddle creek 50, and two songs from The Recluse EP. [1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press5/5[4]
Blender4/5 stars[5]
Consequence of SoundA−[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[7]
Mojo3/5 stars[8]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
Uncut3/5 stars[12]

The album was a critical success with an 85% Metascore based on 15 critics reviews creating "Universal Acclaim". Entertainment Weekly said of the album, "Organ raises the Saddle Creek bar in terms of sheer psychiatric-rock intensity". Billboard called it a "challenging, yet highly rewarding listen". Rolling Stone referred to it as a "brilliant leap forward".

Track listing[edit]

1."The Ugly Organist"0:53
2."Some Red-Handed Sleight of Hand"1:53
3."Art Is Hard"2:46
4."The Recluse"3:04
5."Herald! Frankenstein"0:47
6."Butcher the Song"3:31
7."Driftwood: A Fairy Tale"4:40
8."A Gentleman Caller"3:19
9."Harold Weathervein"2:59
10."Bloody Murderer"2:52
12."Staying Alive"10:04

Deluxe edition (2014): bonus tracks

1."Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly, Feb 24, 1997 [from "8 Teeth to Eat You]"04:04
2."Am I Not Yours? [from "8 Teeth to Eat You]"03:25
3."Escape Artist [from "8 Teeth to Eat You]"03:11
4."May Flowers [from "8 Teeth to Eat You]"03:34
5."Sinner's Serenade [B-side of the single "Art Is Hard"]"06:09
6."Nonsense [from Saddle Creek 50]"02:48
7."Once [B-side of the single "The Recluse"]"02:03
8."Adapt [B-side of the single "The Recluse"]"04:06



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  2. ^ "The Ugly Organ by Cursive". Metacritic. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "The Ugly Organ – Cursive". AllMusic. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Cursive: The Ugly Organ". Alternative Press (177): 74. April 2003.
  5. ^ Bemis, Alec Hanley (April 2003). "Cursive: The Ugly Organ". Blender (15): 122. Archived from the original on August 20, 2004. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Freed, Nick (November 20, 2014). "Cursive – The Ugly Organ [Reissue]". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Hermes, Will (March 14, 2003). "The Ugly Organ". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Cursive: The Ugly Organ". Mojo (113): 102. April 2003.
  9. ^ Mitchum, Rob (April 3, 2003). "Cursive: The Ugly Organ". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "Cursive: The Ugly Organ". Q (201): 102. April 2003.
  11. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (April 3, 2003). "Cursive: The Ugly Organ". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  12. ^ "Cursive: The Ugly Organ". Uncut (71): 103. April 2003.

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