Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Crunchy shoegazer alternative rock with ethereal vocals
Most recent release, The Way of Curve (remasters, 2004)
Other shoegazer bands; they are the clear precursors of Garbage, Ruby, and similar bands
Urgent but beautiful ethereal vocals poised against driving, crunchy guitars. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
1993—Anxious Records/Charisma Records—7243 8 39061 2 3
Wide on release
Highly recommended for fans of loud rock
Toni Halliday, Dean Garcia
Sally Herbert—violin on 2 tracks
Curve and Flood (7 tracks) and Curve and Steve Osborne (3 tracks)
Despite some nice hooks, there's a certain sameness to the early tracks of this album, but it's hard to complain about that distinctive sound: the vocals foregrounded over heavy rock guitar. The later tracks seem to have a little more variety. Stand-outs are the slightly Indian-flavoured "All of One", the softer-sounding "Left of Mother", and the title and final track, "Cuckoo" which feels like probably the quintessential Curve track with its driving guitar and dreamy, whispery vocals. A band of interest to anyone who likes the contrast of crunch and ethereal vocals. (Neile)
Recommended for Curve fans
Dean Garci—bass, drums, guitar, programming
Curve, Steve Osborne, Tim Simenon
Obviously grown leaner and meaner while watching Garbage rise to the top on their patented formula, Curve returned with an album which half-fulfilled expectations, yet for the other half utterly failed them. It doesn't make sense that they would mix brilliant songs (which, even more than Garbage, demonstrated the potential of fusing dance with rock) as "Chinese Burn", "Coming Up Roses", "Alligators Getting Up" and "Recovery", with such dull, uninviting and sometimes painful fare as most of the rest, especially the horrible title track. One of my disappointments of the year. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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