Curve – Doppleganger

ARTIST: Curve Curve_Doppelganger_Cover
TITLE: Doppelganger
SINGLES: Fait Accompli (#17 US Alternative, #22 UK), Horror Head (#23 US Alternative, #31 UK)
LINEUP: Toni Halliday, Dean Garcia, Debbie Smith, Alex Mitchell, Alan Moulder, Monti
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Full length debut from UK dance / shoegaze hybrid band doesn’t disappoint.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For those not familiar with Curve, I can point to the band Garbage as something that they are similar to. Garbage is cleaner sounding and doesn’t totally marry itself to dance rhythms, but the connection and influence are there.

This full-length album takes the sound of the best tracks from their three EPs and plunges forward, with some great soundscapes constructed by Garica and the band all presided over by Halliday’s voice, which seems ethereal, just dancing over the cacophony.

We in the US were going guns for grunge, so this became a UK thing and we kind of missed the shoegaze boat except for some of us who read UK trade papers and sought out those bands. This is a great intro to a danceable, commercial, yet original sound. It makes Jesus Jones and EMF sound like pikers.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The best (only) way to stream this is on You Tube, where it’s contained in a playlist.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. The US version added a track that was on a previous single.

GRADE: A-: A great melding of distorted guitar, cool vocals and rhythm.

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