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Curves - 1981 Curves

ARTIST: Curves
ALBUM: Curves
LABEL: Liberty
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Owen Seiver - bass, vocals * Chuck Gefre - lead vocals, percussion * Tom Boxwell - guitars, vocals * Denis Cortese - keyboards * Kent Barbour - keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Baby It's You/ When You're Close To Me (Medley) * 02 Night After Night * 03 I Can't Stop Loving You * 04 Over The Line * 05 Is It All Right * 06 One More Goodbye/How Many Times * 07 Lightning * 08 Movin' On * 09 The Time Is Right * 10 Isn't It A Shame

First of all, let's set the record straight. This Southern California group had nothing to do with pomp faves Aviary who in a moment of weakness later in the career changed their name to The Curves, toured the UK and fell apart. Now that we've cleared that up, let's concentrate on these guys who released two albums, this self titled debut and 1983's 'Countin' On You' both produced by rock legend Richie Wise (Kiss, Badfinger). Curves did have some success in pockets of the States, a video on MTV and gigs opening for Uriah Heep and Savoy Brown, but it wasn't enough to separate Curves from an already crowded AOR field.

The Songs
Musically, Curves offer up a pleasant sound of made for radio rock. Clever pop tunes with light keyboard touches pretty much sums it up, although I'm still not too thrilled lead vocalist Chuck Gefre who has a weird quaver that just grates on me after a while, yet it's hard to resist some of the material here. In particular I like the two medleys that open each side of the record. You don't hear this type of thing done too often anymore and the first 'Baby It's You/When You're Close To Me' combines the old Smokie song and a Curves original to great effect. Same goes for the flip side mixing up a forgotten Gerard McMahon classic from his 'Blue Rue' album 'One More Goodbye' with another tasty self penned tune and it goes without saying this was Curves at their best with clever arrangements and a knowledge of what makes good pop work. Another Smokie cover 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and Greg Guidry's 'Over the Line' beef up the albums originals making this a solid album, despite my reservations over the vocalist.

In Summary
Curves follow-up 'Countin' On You' is something of a mystery. Missing from my collection, I've never heard it, but it contains tracks from the first album mixed with even more covers including The Easybeats 'Friday on My Mind' which became a minor hit in some markets.

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#1 | super80boy on May 26 2013 00:40:11
A little too pop oriented for my tastes, but there are a few high notes for this obscurity.
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