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Cuckoo [Import]

Curve Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (21 Sep 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000W4L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Missing Link
2. Crystal
3. Men Are Form Mars, Women Are From Venus
4. All Of One
5. Unreadable Communication
6. Turkey Crossing
7. Super Blaster
8. Left Of Mother
9. Sweetest Pie
10. Cuckoo

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Curve will never be accused of originality, but the group continues to make effective recordings with a winning combination of driving rhythms, swirling noise guitars, and Toni Halliday's sexy vocals. Cuckoo is an improvement on 1992's Doppelganger, with strong standout tracks like the relentless "Crystal" and the monolithic "Turkey Crossing." --Jim DeRogatis

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Ah... Curve.
Circa 1993 BSM (Before Shirley Manson), Curve were pumping out dance-infused rock tunes with much greater conviction and originality than Butch Vig & co.
It might not have been seen as particularly visionary at the time by the oh-so trendy UK music press, but Curve's second album laid the blueprint for both of Garbage's first two albums, bridging the gap between shoegazer and electro-pop perfectly.
Toni Halliday has a beautifully seductive voice - which can change from plaintive, almost breathless lament to a savage, acidic sneer in a heartbeat. the real beauty of this album lies in the quality of the songs - there truly isn't a weak track on it. With Curve's other two full-length releases there are a couple of tracks that shouldn't really have made it onto an album, but that isn't the case with 'Cuckoo' - there's no fillers on here!
In fact, the only let-down with the album comes with the production. Despite being produced by legendary knob-twiddler Flood (of Depeche Mode fame), this album at times sounds extremely muddy. Particular culprits being 'Missing Link' and 'Turkey Crossing', which sound like they were recorded in a coal cellar or someone's basement.
Still, this is a mere trifle compared to the quality of the album as a whole, and can be rectified somewhat by listening on a decent quality sound system. Just don't try listening to it on a personal stereo.
If you can find the album, (its notoriously difficult to get - try Amazon) buy it - it will surprise you. All fans of Garbage should certainly seek it out to see how influential this was on them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb second album from Halliday and Garcia 19 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
Critics were waiting for Curve to trip up with their follow-up to `92's 'Doppelganger'. But they didn't. Incorporating a more electronic feel to the album, Curve again thrilled fans and critics alike.
Reviews posted here suggesting this is not as good as 'Doppelganger' are, in my view, completely unfounded. It is as good as their debut.
'Missing Link' goes all rock on us, but never loses its melody, proving Curve's versatility. 'Crystal' is a brilliant song. Combining a catchy chorus with Toni's intelligent lyrics and a bouncy bassline courtesy of Dean, this is a joy to listen to.
'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus starts off menacingly enough but evolves into an marvellously beguiling pop song with some beautiful vocal melodies. 'Unreadable Communication' gives all of that days electronic producers a run for their money. Its dubby electronics envelop into a wall of noise of guitars with Toni's voice cutting through it all.
Elsewhere, 'Superblaster' is a perfect pop song, pop in the true sense, not N'Sync! 'Left of Mother' shows a more acoustic side of Curve, albeit involving some electronics.
This group set the standard which Garbage took. Originals will always be better, as will Curve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Start by listening to a track in the middle and you will get a feel for it and tune into to the subtle dynamics of Curve. You'll start to feel the ethereal power of the dynnamic sounds which completment the ultimately catchy tunes, with Halidays pure vocals like a rose-petal bath. The most poppy tune is Superblaster, this would be the ultimate Curve party tune. Spread the word, Curve are so under rated, so many people are missing out on this, I couldn't reccomend it more. If you like anything like My Bloody Valentine, NIN, Depeche Mode, Leftfield, Garbage and the likes you're guarenteed to like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Further evidence of Toni & Dean's genius 2 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
A major improvement over Doppelganger, with a much wider variation in sound and style. It is deep and haunting, with swirling soundscapes of distorted guitars and moody synths playing out the emotions involved in a breakup of a relationship.
The opener, "Missing Link" is a heavy blast, but then the album slips into a more relaxed mode, with "Unreadable Communication" being a highlight, with Toni's breathy vocals laid gently across a growing wall of sound.
This is not a happy record; but then Curve records aren't, and that's one of the things that make them unique and also one of the most woefully underrated bands England has produced.
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