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Album Review

After releasing two records that faithfully followed the noisy, swirling trance-like psychedelia of My Bloody Valentine, Catherine Wheel trims out all of their excesses on Happy Days. What is left is a throttling, pounding heavy metal band that accentuates the rhythm, not the texture. The change in direction is surprisingly effective and accessible — none of their previous work has been as immediate as "Way Down" or as bracing as "God Inside My Head," nor has it been as melodic as "Judy's Staring at the Sun," a duet with Tanya Donnelly. Perhaps the switch to a heavier attack shouldn't be surprising — Chrome was filled with harder guitars — but the fact it has produced the band's best music is a pleasant shock.

Customer Reviews


Perhaps one of the most electrically thought provoking albums of the Nineties. An essential for any music enthusiast. Absolutely Outstanding!

The Tail of Catherine Wheel

If you want the electric-feeling that Catherine Wheel has, feel around 'Chrome' and 'Like Cats and Dogs'... this album has more filler and feels more desperate where as these two albums, have an authentic feel... ('Tongue Twisted' is a personal favorite...)


Formed: April, 1990 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

By using their influences as a mere launching pad and consistently developing their many strengths, Catherine Wheel was able to outlast all of their early peers. With their initial singles and first album, the band from East Anglia fit snugly with the remainder of bands that the British press eventually labeled as shoegazers, a short-lived sub-scene of bands that were characterized by an inactive stage presence, loads of effects pedals, and buried vocals. However, the always tuneful Catherine Wheel...
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