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Adam & Eve [Import]

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

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000024C6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

Import edition of the UK alternative act's 1997 album for Mercury (now deleted in the U.S.). For this their fourth album, the band focused more on atmospherics which drew them comparisons to Pink Floyd & Talk Talk. 12 tracks (#12 is untitled and hidden) including, 'Future Boy', 'Ma Solituda' & 'Thunderbird'. EMI.

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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
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. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of the 90�s January 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Adam and Eve has changed my life. Really.
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "And the sweetness only improves" April 26, 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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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 6 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 8 months ago by a flower to hide
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Resonates
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 more
Published on November 4, 2005 by DW
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 23, 2005 by K.O.D. is not for me.
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