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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.
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.Read more ›
I purchased this when it was first released, listened to it a couple times, and like many reviewers here, put it aside. This album is different from other Catherine Wheel discs, more layered, less obvious. It wasn't until I listened to it again almost two years later that I began to really appreciate it.
Unlike most albums made since the MTV era began, Catherine Wheel attempted to make a complete album. Some would call it a concept album. Together, the songs take you on a journey. Not a storytelling journey, but an emotional journey.
It begins with the hopeful Future Boy, jumpable, rocking, Delicious (the only song that gets any airplay) and the powerful Broken Nose. The next are the anthem-like Phantom of the American Mother and Ma Solituda, which could never soar like they do without such a compelling introduction. Satellite is another danceable tune that reminds me of Catherine Wheel's earlier shoe-gazing days, except it is better. Thunderbird and Here Comes the Fat Controller showcase the extraordinary talents of lead singer Rob Dickinson and guitarist Brian Futter. This album even has a real ending, with Goodbye and For Dreaming, two long songs that seem to agree with us about stretching this exceptional experience on as long as possible.
Adam & Eve introduced me to a whole new realm of intelligent and thoughtful rock, and for me it still stands above everything else. I must disagree with those who rank Radiohead's OK Computer above this. Sorry, but Adam & Eve is so much more FUN, while being intelligent and brilliant too. What could be a better combination?. Listen to it about ten times and see if you begin to agree.
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Love this album. Amazon got it to me quickly, and in very good condition. It's out of print, so I was very happy to have found it.Published 5 months ago by Michael Williams
Not as the two first that was great, this is ok+ (3.5 stars),
Who love this band will like this two.
Catherine Wheel is one of the rare bands that produced one fantastic album after another. Adam & Eve is simply a masterpiece. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by a flower to hide
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
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 morePublished on July 5, 2007 by Major Tom
Adam and Eve is a remarkable album that should have made a major splash but didn't for whatever reason. Read morePublished on May 31, 2007 by Marc Landry
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 morePublished on January 6, 2006 by C. L. Phillips
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. Read morePublished on November 4, 2005 by DW