YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: #23 UK
SINGLES: Missing Link (#39 UK), Superblaster
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not in the US, no.
LINEUP: Dean Garcia, Toni Halliday
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Another combination dance / trance/ shoegaze album finds the band a little more snarly and distorted, but still the ethereal quality of the vocals softens the edges.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Curve was building to this sound, where Dean Garcia’s guitars and effects would create a distorted haze over all of the proceedings, and Toni Halliday’s voice would sometimes be washed through the fog.
This wasn’t as poppy as their earlier work (thus the relative chart failure) and a little more intense. Since they didn’t seem intent on making hints, artistically it’s a bit stronger and probably truer to their vision.
After this record, they put the band on hiatus for a while to get their heads together, and emerged as more of a dance music band than shoegaze. This, though, is their pinnacle of their early work.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This isn’t streaming, like all of early Curve, but it’s on YouTube as one constant video.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: Curve’s consistent, consistently good.