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Novena on a Nocturn
Better Looking Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Just over a thousand feet above sea level, Omaha is a cold place to spend a night alone. Cradled by the Great Plains, the nights are usually clear, heavens opening wide overhead as the heat of the day and the heat of the lives sequestered in eastern Nebraska slips out of back doors and into the expanse of space. The sky is dark and ominous there, loaded with stars that wink dubiously at the lonely and broken hearted below, their silent twinkling speaking volumes of better places, warmer nights and gentler times. Out of the cold and the darkness, from under the blanketing sky and the cruel stars rings a touching monotone, the cries of a man named Tim Kasher.

On Novena on a Nocturn the voice and the stories are the same, but the delivery is a bit disparaging from his usual vehicle, Cursive. Borderline metal guitar churning and the sea-sawing dagger attack of the rhythm section has been replaced by a revolving orchestra that lends a fresh atmosphere to Kasher's sad song delivery, an excellent example being the keyboards on "Moon Red Handed" (delivered by Todd Baechle of the Faint). Nine songs of intricate, orchestrated mood pop with highly personal lyrics that are too deliberate to be dissected and too intricate and poignant to be dismissed, Novena on a Nocturn is a debut only in terms of the Good Life, a fact that is readily apparent in the quality of songcraft represented.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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