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Adam & Eve [Explicit Lyrics]

Catherine WheelAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001EV2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untitled
2. Future Boy
3. Delicious
4. Broken Nose
5. Phantom Of The American Mother
6. Ma Solituda
7. Satellite
8. Thunderbird
9. Here Comes The Fat Controller
10. Goodbye
11. For Dreaming
12. Untitled

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best from the Nineties May 8, 2003
By JEP
Format:Audio CD
Nearly six years after it's release, this album still stands as one of the best releases of the Nineties. While it never drew the widespread acclaim of Radiohead's OK Computer, which was released the same year, I still listen to this album frequently.

A & E, as it is known among Catherine Wheel fans, contains a rich mixture of styles and emotions, varying from quiet, reflective numbers (such as Future Boy and Ma Solituda) to mid-tempo pop (Satellite, Broken Nose) to full on rock (Delicious, For Dreaming). The one constant is that the songwriting and performances are consistently excellent.

While the cd is often compared to Pink Floyd and Talk Talk, the influences really vary and go well beyond those bands. Delicious, for example, is a terrific exercise in Nirvana's classic verse-chorus-verse style. For Dreaming, on the other hand, reveals the band's early 90's roots in the vastly underappreciated dreampop/shoegazer scene.

Rollingstone.com named this the best album of 1997, and the Big Takeover Magazine, largely on the strength of this album, recently named Catherine Wheel as the best band of the 90's (over Radiohead).

The real tragedy, however, is that due to record company hassles, this album was never properly promoted and is now out of print in the US. While C/W went on to release another cd, the less inspired but still very good Wishville, this is an album that has few peers. It's well worth the price of an import.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No album is more complete September 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The consensus opinion holds that this album requires a couple of listens before growing on the listener. The cause and effect are hard to sort out. That's like saying the sun comes up in the morning; it doesn't, but without knowledge beyond what we can see and know for ourselves, it sure seems that way. I'm inclined to think that CW's albums require a couple of listens to prepare us to love them. Only then can we hear the chaos and quirks and realize that the guys *meant" to do that. The albums teach us, patiently and pleasantly, to recognize their beauty.

I don't mean to gush, really, but only after hearing a CW album a few times do we gain a frame of reference for appreciating the album as a whole. As others have said, A & E progresses through its own life story, each song preparing us for those that follow. In other words, this album has a plot, much like the plot of a well-written novel. Though each song can be appreciated on its own, part of what I love so much about "Here Comes the Fat Controller" is the anticipation of getting to hear "Goodbye" as soon as the Fat Controller has passed. (Incidentally, though it's been pointed out that the abrupt cutting of one channel, then the other at the end of "Fat Controller" is reminiscent of Floyd's "Have a Cigar," it is used here for an entirely differently reason and with an entirely different effect: There is simply no other way to end a song of such carefully built momentum than--quite literally--to pull the plug on it.)

The grows-on-you phenomenon we all recognize within each CW album applies to the listener's appreciation among the band's albums as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "And the sweetness only improves" April 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am a big fan of Catherine Wheel's first three albums, but was disappointed when I first listened to Adam & Eve. Usually, song after song by Catherine Wheel hooks me, but I only came away with the catchy "Phantom of the American Mother," the intense rocker "Delicious" and the celestial "Future Boy" after my first few listens to this CD. Because I'm a CW fan, I did not give up on Adam & Eve, and now I have found more to like about this album. It is really pretty solid through the 8th track "Thunderbird." It is a more melodious album than the heavy-sounding Happy Days so, those who were turned off by CW's third album may want to give Adam & Eve a chance. The last tracks on the CD are rather flat. There is a bonus 12th track that is a rather stale slow number. As much as I like "Phantom...," it is not the grand slam track I've come to expect from CW albums like "Black Metallic" off Ferment or "Heal" off Happy Days. Adam & Eve is not a bad album, it just takes more spins in the CD player to get into than their first three brilliant studio albums. CW really raised the bar.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Resonates November 4, 2005
By DW
Format:Audio CD
I vividly remember seeing Catherine Wheel perform Adam & Eve in its entirety at The Metro in Chicago one warm August night in 1997. The sound was pure and visceral. It was the best sounding concert I have ever attended. I didn't mind the ringing in my ears the day after.

Years later, this CD still resonates. Adam & Eve doesn't so much grow on you as collect in your subconscious and change your soul. The most obvious parallel Pink Floyd's Animals. At first listen, the songs don't appear to go anywhere. They seem to ebb and flow like the sea. But, the next time you listen to Future Boy, Ma Solituda or Phantom of the American Mother you may just stifle a tear for no apparent reason. The music is just that good.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Not as the two first that was great, this is ok+ (3.5 stars),
Who love this band will like this two.
Published 5 months ago by I. Ben Gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Catherine Wheel classic
Catherine Wheel is one of the rare bands that produced one fantastic album after another. Adam & Eve is simply a masterpiece. Read more
Published 7 months ago by a flower to hide
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from HustleBear.com by Judd Weiss
This album changed me. It changed my taste in music.
I loved loved Catherine Wheel's 1995 grunge heavy metal album "Happy Days" when I was 15. Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by J. Weiss
3.0 out of 5 stars I love this album, but it's just not their best..
I even rebought this recently, as I had loaned it out, never got it back, and found myself badly missing it. It's worth having. Read more
Published on July 5, 2007 by Major Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Unheralded Champions of the 90's
Adam and Eve is a remarkable album that should have made a major splash but didn't for whatever reason. Read more
Published on May 31, 2007 by Marc Landry
4.0 out of 5 stars ...still, a really good CD
I consider myself a big CW fan like others that have written these reviews. While probably not thier best CD, A&E, by modern rock standards, is still a really good CD. Read more
Published on January 6, 2006 by C. L. Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars (three and a half stars) average, other than "Broken Nose"
Let's recap Catherine Wheel's work, so far: "Ferment" was superb; "Chrome" almost as good; "Happy Days" uneven; "Like Cat's and Dogs" surprisingly good for a "B-sides" album; and... Read more
Published on September 27, 2005 by trainreader
4.0 out of 5 stars New Catherine Wheel Fan
While I had heard about Catherine Wheel for sometime, I had never purchased any of their cd's. I finally made my first purchase when I picked up "Adam and Eve. Read more
Published on September 23, 2005 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Mature Rock Record
This album is very good, it can compare to any good rock album out there today. So it doesn't sound like Ferment or Chrome, so what? Read more
Published on May 24, 2005 by K.O.D. is not for me.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I still like Catherine Wheel a heck of a lot.
I wonder if the new direction of "Adam" caused the bands' riff. Read more
Published on December 12, 2003 by William C. Smith
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