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Straightforward but stunning, The Platinum Collection is an almost indispensable one-stop guide to Catatonia's glorious career, from the early days of "For Tinkerbell," "Dimbran," and "Sweet Catatonia" through to the final gasps of Paper Scissors Stone and peaking, of course, with that run of almost breathless hits that rendered the mid-'90s so memorable. Less cluttered than the Greatest Hits collection released in 2002, The Platinum Collection was certainly compiled with the average consumer in mind — there's nothing here to lure in the collector, no hidden treats or labor-saving B-sides. But "Mulder and Scully," "Strange Glue," and "Road Rage" are still worth the price of admission on their own, and only the inexplicable absence of "Dead from the Waist Up" prevents this from proving the last word in catatonic compilations.


Formed: 1991 in Wales

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The most traditional pop band of all the Welsh bands to emerge in the post-Brit-pop days of the mid-'90s, Catatonia reworked the sound of jangling late-'80s alternative rock with a punchy, amateurish indie rock attack. Comprised of vocalist Cerys Matthews, guitarist/vocalist Mark Roberts, guitarist Owen, bassist Paul Jones, and drummer Aled Richards, Catatonia formed in Cardiff, Wales in the early '90s. Matthews and Roberts used to busk together in Cardiff before officially forming the band. Catatonia...
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