Album: Curse Your Branches
Year Released: 2009
Random history: David Bazan was formerly Pedro the Lion. This is his debut full-length album under his name.
Sharon's Rating: 3/5
Sharon's Thoughts: Enjoyable for what it is. Interesting exploration into country music stylings, but for the serious nature and the rhythm of his lyrics. I like the sounds of his early career better.
Dusty's Rating: 4/5
Dusty's Thoughts: Considering the lack of quality of his past couple of projects (his "debut" EP Fewer Moving Parts, and his Headphones project), I wasn't expecting this to be very good. Thankfully, this album proved me wrong. The music on this album is denser with instrumentation than many of his Pedro the Lion albums, and, for the most part, it works really well. His lyrics seem to settle on two topics: God and drinking. It's not the first time he has explored these topics in tandem, and it definitely won't be his last.
This album marks a (slightly) new musical direction for David. So far, it's working.
Favorite Songs: "Please, Baby, Please", "Curse Your Branches"
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