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

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: June 9, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana
  • ASIN: B000001DVN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the finest albums to arise out of the shoegazing trend coating the early 1990s, Ferment is rich, lush, and wrenching. For what it's worth, Catherine Wheel get a mention in the liner notes of the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. Perhaps it's indicative of the fact that this album rocks a little harder than the genre-defining releases from the likes of the Stone Roses, the Charlatans, and the Inspiral Carpets. Ferment includes guitar solos, albeit tasteful guitar solos, that most of Catherine Wheel's contemporaries would have balked at. Later releases abandon the ethereal noise wash, leaning a little more toward the sound of their admirers the Pumpkins. A beautiful, spiraling release, Ferment is pliable but impenetrable. --Beth Bessmer

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite band... May 8, 2006
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I fell in love with these guys in high school. While the rest of my suburban classmates were listening to either The Fugees or Hootie and the Blowfish (oh how fun it was being an outcast in that school) - I lucked out and thankfully stumbled upon Catherine Wheel.

I remember taking guitar lessons when I was 15, and when I got decent enough my instructor said if I wanted to learn how to play a song, he'd teach me. So, I brought my copy of Ferment in and told him he had to teach me how to play Black Metallic. To my novice glee, it was quite easy to play. This is what I found so wonderful about it. A song with just a few chords that ended up being THAT timeless and brilliant, on a band's first album, made me love the song even more than I already did. Recently I saw Rob play on his solo tour... After playing an acoustic Black Metallic, he laughed and said something along the lines of "ah, Thank God for Black Metallic... things would've been a lot different if that one had never been made!" ;)

I Want To Touch You, Indigo Is Blue and She's My Friend are my other favorites... And Ferment isn't even one of my favorite CW albums.

It is such a crime that they never got the recognition they deserved... Rob may be thankful for Black Mettalic - I'm just thankful for discovering Catherine Wheel when I did. How different things would've been had I become a Hootie and the Blowfish fan ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bathe yourself in guitar-wash. January 28, 2005
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Imagine a band with all the melodicism of The Stone Roses debut album mixed with guitar flourishes reminiscent of Sonic Youth's "Daydream Nation." That's what this album sounds like to me. Catherine Wheel often bombard the listener with walls of guitar bombast that threaten to drown out the rhythm section but somehow, through excellent production techniques no doubt, the drums hold their own and the bass is actually as memorable in moments as the lead guitar work. Thanks to the bass playing, in fact, the songs never lose direction with all the lead guitar theatrics creatively washing over the listener in waves of crashing guitar-pedal mayhem. Standout tracks are everywhere, so it is really a pointless exercise on my part to point them out. For what it's worth, "I Want To Touch You" and "Bill and Ben" are magnificent concoctions that explode through my brain with every spin of this CD. But there is not a weak track on the album, and the depth of the songwriting is both emotionally and instrumentally rewarding. Pick up this CD, turn the volume way up, and bathe yourself in the rich guitar-wash of Catherine Wheel's "Ferment." Highly recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Imagine a light that never escapes you" March 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
As soon as I saw the music video for "Black Metallic" on MTV's 120 Minutes back in my high school days, I knew I had to have this album. Ferment is unbelievable and Catherine Wheel instantly became one of my favorite bands of the 1990s. Ferment was their debut album and has a more raw, stuffy sound than their next recordings. It has very loud guitars and drums but the songs are also very melodic and catchy. "Texture" really rocks and is an excellent opening track, hooking the listener right away. "I Want To Touch You" is very catchy and is perhaps, next to "Balloon," the most accessible track on Ferment. It was also released as a single. "Black Metallic" is heavy but is also one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard and the album version clocks in at over 7 minutes. It is amazing, especially when the guitars kick in again after the quiet interlude towards the end. Other favorites of mine include the rocking "Shallow," "Tumbledown" which has a beautiful melodic guitar that turns into a blazing riff, "Bill and Ben," the catchy "Salt" with the kickin' drums, and the fun Ba-B-Ba-Ba-"Balloon." The title track is interesting. It is very quiet and soothing and just explodes with headbangin' guitar. Catherine Wheel's later albums may be better produced with crisper sound, but Ferment is, perhaps, their most solid release. No weak tracks here at all. One final note: the lead singer is Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson's cousin! How cool is that?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars they were never shoegazers proper... January 24, 2001
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although i hesitate to refer to catherine wheel as ever qualifying as "shoegazers" ('loveless' and 'souvlaki' are the best examples of that genre) due to CW's more up-front songwriting tendencies, i do think that this excellent LP evokes similar feelings in the (lucky) listener...rob dickinson's extraordinary voice (one of the loveliest male voices in all of rock music) is prominently featured over the depth charges of guitar, rather than the reverse (Shoegazing 101)...
anyway, this is a truly wonderful album, with nary a single track being forgettable...CW has since faltered album after album, trying to be more "rock" and/or "pop" really has never suited them, and all of their albums after 'chrome' are not very good, in spite of what hardcore fans may attest...
'ferment' features a few standout tracks and a wealth of lovely "supporting cast members"...the title track and 'black metallic' are both stunning, as if the band had tapped into the emotional heart of what the real shoegazers were missing...regardless of the lyrics, dickinson's vox and the shimmering, hissing, soaring guitar torrents make for beautiful stuff...'indigo is blue' has a perfectly timed pause before its guitar solo (don't let the phrase "guitar solo" scare you off), and also makes gorgeous use of dickinson's uniquely "hollow" vocal style...the words to "salt" are mostly unintelligible (perhaps CW were gazing shoeward on occasion), yet the song gallops along gracefully, with peals of feedback buried behind the wall of guitars in its slowdive's 'machine gun', the song manages to be moving without any sort of decipherable lyrical hook...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best
One can argue that their later CD's miss the mark, but "Ferment" is a stunner in every track. Watch out, these tracks will work their way into your head.
Published on October 10, 2012 by techmannn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the two great gems by Catherine Wheel
Difficult to understand why this band did not reach the fame and recognition they deserved. Their first two cds (Ferment & Chrome) are certainly amongst the best of the decade. Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by maufuks
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I never heard of Catherine Wheel, but a friend was playing this album and I heard Texture. I was hooked. Black Metallic is my other favorite. Awesome, awesome, awesome album.
Published on July 18, 2011 by J. Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Their sound is adictive!!
Being a Ride fan, I thought I would try a Catherine Wheel album, Ferment.
I loved it on the first spin (very rare for me) and I like all the songs on the
album (also very... Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Nats
5.0 out of 5 stars monster in sheeps clothing
Ok, Catherine Wheel....everything they touched was gold..but unrecognizable by the stooges...fuzzy memories of excellence...strong bottom section...rob dickinson in glory... Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by E. Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Selling point
The most beautiful song ever done on electric guitar - "Black Metallic" - is on this one.

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Published on November 4, 2009 by A music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Feeling Album
If you have ever had a deep sensual feeling you can't go wrong with this album. This dude singing reaches deep and paints it out for us to emote with him. Read more
Published on November 6, 2007 by Peace and Liberty
5.0 out of 5 stars sunlight bleaches you
A very impressive debut album from a band that will help shape and shift the landscape of the British underground. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by matty mo
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album to sum up the Manchester scene in the early 90's
Anyone who knows the early sounds of the 90's would hear every trick in this outstanding album produced by Catherine Wheel. Read more
Published on January 14, 2007 by S. Sobey
4.0 out of 5 stars The best single second of alt-rock ever recorded the one in which those four sixthteenth-note snare hits rocket us out of the moody interlude of "Black Metallic" at the 6:03 mark and back into that impeccible... Read more
Published on December 11, 2006 by Ethan Straffin
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