Curve – Come Clean

ARTIST: Curve Come_Clean
TITLE: Come Clean
SINGLES: Chinese Burn, Coming Up Roses (#51 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not in these parts – in the UK sure you may have heard a couple.
LINEUP: Dean Garcia, Toni Halliday and some session folks now and then.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After a short hiatus, the shoegaze-techno band becomes a techno-shoegaze band and releases a fine electronica record with shoegaze elements.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After two albums (not streaming for…reasons I guess), Curve broke up in 1994 after a tour, but they soon came back and moved into more of an electronica band. Not as heavy duty as the Prodigy, but in that area code at least.

The result? Pretty, pretty, pretty good! The addition of more electronics give the band more sonic bandwidth to play with, and they take advantage of it. A lot of this album could be easily played at a dance club, and also stands up to intense listening because of all of the things that are going on.

Curve’s comeback only lasted a few years, but Come Clean is definitely one that was worth a reunion.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They released internet-only albums in 2001 and 2002.


GRADE: A-: It was a surprise to me, because Curve made their bones shoegazing away – yet the dance and electronica elements make their sound better, not worse.

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