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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album - definitely the blueprint for Garbage, 11 Sept. 2003
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This review is from: Cuckoo (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
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Jay M "jay_mc" (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cuckoo (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
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Grower, It'll Grow To The Top Of Your Collection, 10 Mar. 2003
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Mr. Aj Des Forges (Bristol, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cuckoo (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
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J. Beresford - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cuckoo (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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5.0 out of 5 stars get it!, 10 Mar. 2009
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I simply cannot believe how cheap it is to get this album, I would pay an obscene amount for it. It is so bloody good, a must have for all types of music lovers, alternative listeners, goths, rockers, etc. Curve are a band that are so approachable and different, there is no one quite like them. And this album is my favourite, it's in my opinion, their darkest album,with soft and sinister tunes that are so darn sexy and cool. Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia are gods gift to music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic, 8 May 2004
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Martin (East Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Awesome, timeless classic which juxtaposes pain and beauty, both in terms of Toni Halliday's lyrics and Dean Garcia's songcraft; buy it, bung on the earphones and float back to 1993 on a dark, rain-soaked night.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cuckoo, 17 Aug. 2012
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G. Haines (UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a brilliant album. It's a shame there isn't anything quite like the energy of the old Curve around anymore today.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curvetastic!, 16 May 2001
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This review is from: Cuckoo (Audio CD)
Any Curve fan will want this album but being the earliest its the most difficult to get into. The rewards are there to be had though. "Superbaster" and "Sweetest Pie" are easily recognisable as classic Curve tracks and are worth the price of the CD alone.
The production is typical of early nineties indie bands and seems to have a low emphasis on the bassline, which I have always found to be Curve's greatest asset. "Missing Link" kicks of the album in fine style but is followed up by the laid back "Crystal" which typifies the lack of flow between songs on this release. Don't get me wrong I love this record but I takes more effort and has dated more heavily than the bands later albums.
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