Later than normal (a lot later) here’s this week’s Song of the Week.
I’d kind of sworn off new music for January both to catch up on some recent purchases and older stuff but also because I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by the constant churn.
So in accordance with that decision, this week’s song comes from a re-issue I purchased at the end of last year.
Curve burst onto the scene in 1991 with the brilliant ‘Blindfold’ EP and, as was the custom in those days, had released two further 4 track EPs before they got round to releasing their debut LP.
To be honest ‘Doppelgänger’ was a little bit of a disappointment. There wasn’t much to match the thrill of ’10 Little Girls’, the lead track on ‘Blindfold’ which I still consider their best song. It’s not that the songs in themselves are bad but I feel that the density of the sound works again the band on a full length album, there’s not enough variety soit ends up a record that’s less than the sum of its parts.
Re-listening to the record again the first side should bear the brunt of that disappointment because the second side is more like what I was expecting. Certainly if a couple of the songs from the EPs had ended up on side 1 it would have elevated the record to the status of a classic.
All of which might make the purchase of the ‘Doppelgänger’ reissue sound a little puzzling until I point out that the second disk on the reissue includes the first three E.P.s and some rarities. The songs on those early records, for my money are superior, to those on the debut and more than justify the purchase.
But this week’s tune actually comes from the album and it’s fair to say that ‘Fait Accompli’, the lead single, is probably my second favourite Curve song:
Both ‘Doppelgänger’ and follow-up album ‘Cuckoo’ are available in double CD editions.