Monday, June 29, 2015

Curved Air - 1975 - Midnight Wire

Curved Air
Midnight Wire

01. Woman On a One Night Stand (5:06)
02. Day Breaks My Heart (4:38)
03. The Fool (4:27)
04. Pipe of Dreams (3:58)
05. Orange Street Blues (5:01)
06. Dance of Love (4:36)
07. Midnight Wire (7:32)

- Sonja Kristina / vocals
- Darryl Way / violin, keyboards, vocals
- Stewart Copeland / drums
- Mick Jacques / guitars
- John Perry / bass
- Peter Wood / keyboards
- Derek Damain / backing vocals
- Norma Tager / lyrics

The remaining members Sonja Kristina and Darryl Way recruited Sonja’s partner and future husband Stewart Copeland (later of Police) and Mick Jacques for the 1975 album, “Midnight Wire”.
The album focuses its mood on humbleness rather than blaring flashiness and on soft passion rather than obvious passion. What they try to construct here is an interesting and, indeed, unique brand of luscious, deeply erotic “dream-pop”, based on romantic guitar/violin interplay (where “romantic” doesn’t necessarily mean “happy sappy” – there are plenty of passages on here that rock quite heavily, yet without descending into true arena-rock/power-ballad territory) and those irresistable libido-raising vocals from Sonja Kristina.
The mild seduction of ‘Dance Of Love’ is simply irresistable, featuring Sonja cooing out ‘take my body with your soul’. The vocal melody is darn catchy, not to mention a trembling violin solo from Darryl Way.
On a couple of tracks it almost seems like Kristina wants to be Janis Joplin; particularly on the opener, ‘Woman On A One Night Stand’, a full-fledged R’n'B number with hyper-expressive vocals and intricate soul-electrifying chord changes that perfectly illustrate the supposed turmoil within her.
The slow and relaxed ballad “Day Breaks My Heart” is outwardly sad and mourning, yet inwardly a testament to the fact that there is a reason that a heart can be broken. The instrumental “Pipe of Dreams” is rather trippy and dreamy. The title track “Midnight Wire”, a 7 minute epic of intense emotion — dark, powerful, tragic, intense, soft.
There are also the punchier tunes, like ‘The Fool’, built around a pretty violin riff and at times almost developing into a convoluted kind of jig, or ‘Orange Street Blues’, where Sonja contemplates about having sex with a loser and ultimately rejects that possibility (or so it seems).