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Access magazine, September, 1997

Although named after a medieval torture device, Catherine Wheel offers plenty of respite from predictable alternative chart-hell with its fourth release, Adam & Eve. Diverging from past guitar-driven hits such as 'Crank', the album displays the band's more sophisticated dimensions and musical maturation: The moodiness of 'Future Boy' is accentuated by garbled voices and eerie sound effects; 'Ma Solituda' showcases lead singer Rob Dickinson's soothing vocals, a far cry from those of cousin Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden; and 'Thunderbird', although excessively long, is proof that the band has learned to take control of a song's musical content rather than be overwhelmed by the power of its instruments. Nevertheless, the album is not without its typical alternative fare, with the gritty guitar arrangements of 'Broken Nose' and 'Delicious', which should guarantee Catherine Wheel a place on the Billboard charts. ---Cindy Waxer

Note: "Adam & Eve" is Catherine Wheel's fifth release, but some reviewers do not count "Like Cats and Dogs," because it is a compilation of b-sides. I, of course, have an opinion on this. I believe "Like Cats and Dogs" is as good as any other Catherine Wheel release, which makes it far better than most other bands' best material. I count it as a "real" release.


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