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Doppleganger [Import]

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

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  • Audio CD (29 Jun 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00000DR75
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Already Yours
2. Horrer Head
3. Wish You Dead
4. Doppelganger
5. Lillies Dying
6. Ice That Melts The Tips
7. Split Into Fractions
8. Think & Act
9. Fait Accompli
10. Sandpit
11. Clipped

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curve's Finest Hour 16 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Curves Masterpiece album with the most dark lyrics ever (apart from Lush's 'Split' album maybe). 'Already Yours' breaks you in with a rocky riff and catchy chorus leaving you open for the shear genius of 'Horrorhead'; one of Curves best tracks (Checkout the video if you can). Toni's breathing is used to full effect on this track.. where most bands tracks are so over produced that you loose all the human qualities.. Curve have (in a pre-Veruca Salt way) brought them to the forefront.. making this an anxious little number. Then things turn dark... 'Wish you were Dead' and 'Doppelganger' are black little numbers and are quite down beat for Curve.. but marvellous all the same. Then 'Lillies Dying' slams in for what is, for me, Curves best track ever. Toni's floaty voice over a rockin guitar riff once again proving that Curve taught Garbage everything they know. The rest of the album plays out with classic Curve style. 'Fait ..' and 'Split Into Fractions' are simply great tracks in the great Curve singles style. If you wanna get into Curve.. get this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Curve's finest hour is also the best thing to come out of the early 90s, even if it sounds much later than that. The formula is a wall of sumptuous, urgent pink noise, topped with Toni Halliday's sublime vocals - it could be the soundtrack to the best gritty, ubercool female assassin movie ever. To play the citation game, reference points for triangulating Curve would include Nine Inch Nails, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' (and, unavoidably, Garbage, who somehow took the Curve formula to greater success with lesser songs). But Doppelganger is more pop-savvy than its forebears, melding industrial noise with rich shoegazey textures, that voice and, yes, tunes.

The high points are opener Already Yours, Horror Head, the sprawling brilliance of Fait Accompli and Clipped... oh, it's all good. Pride of place, though, is Lillies Dying, in which icy cold lyrics about a failing relationship (?) soar above a cyberpunk soundtrack. Yes, it is the best song ever... and the louder the better.

Doppelganger was Curve's high point -- the preceding EPs are brilliant but not as polished, and the follow-ups were incrementally more generic. Pubic Fruit, Cuckoo and Come Clean are all worth having, but if you're new to Curve then picking up Doppelganger is guaranteed not to disappoint. And the coherence and compactness makes Doppelganger a better place to start than the unfocused patchiness of the "The Way of Curve" collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
A band ahead of it's time and 'Doppleganger', a superlative example of what Curve have to offer, is no exception. Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia were laying down tracks that fuse together rock guitar, sequencers and haunting melodies long before the word Garbage meant money in the bank to anyone except the trashman! Full of powerful lyrics sung to perfection and catchy riffs that just make you want to listen to it over and over again, Doppleganger is the pinnacle work of a band that never received a fraction of the fame and recognition they so richly deserved. Each of these songs just reaches inside you and pours raw emotion into your soul, from the gutsy angst and sheer spite of 'Wish You Dead' through to the confusion and bewilderment of 'Sandpit'. However, I cannot think of a more appropriate way to sum up the whole album than their own words, from the opening track 'Already Yours', Doppleganger is "A gift from God, a small creation, a prized possession without limitations...."
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4.0 out of 5 stars What do you see / that isn't already yours 16 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
For me the killer track is the first one, "Already Yours". The rest of the album sounds like a variation on the ideas present in this song, with the same basic sound. At the same time, Doppelganger isn't one of those albums that has one good song, and nine "second CD of a two-CD single release" b-sides; it's listenable all the way through, the kind of record that grows on you. It has a slick production that still sounds big and impressive many years after it came out. The only drawback is that the songs have a uniform sound. The music, the vocal performances, and the production are consistent to such a degree that the album feels like one forty-minute song split into movements.

Doppelganger came out in 1991 and was only a very modest popular success. I am astonished that it wasn't massive. It sounds almost exactly like Garbage, but four years early. The resemblance is uncanny; Curve's lead singer has the same tone as the lead singer of Garbage, the guitars and drums are just as loud. The production sounds like a million pounds, and has only dated insofar as it sounds like a Garbage album from the mid-1990s, rather than an indie album from 1991. Garbage could have released this as their second album, and it would have topped the charts worldwide in 1996. It's odd to think that this was on the shelves at the same time as Jesus Jones and EMF. Curve should have dominated the pop charts. Perhaps they were too loud, perhaps their sound was too precise to duplicate live. They must have seemed a bit out of place on the indie scene, because they sounded very slick. If the record company had had any sense, this album should have been re-released in 1996 with a new cover, some remixes tacked on the end, and presto, brand new album.
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