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.