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Album Review

Around the time Catherine Wheel turned ten, the band dropped a bassist, added a "the" to their name, and released a turkey. When they broke up, shortly thereafter, Rob Dickinson's first solo album was only a matter of time (five years). Once the disappointment in the lack of adventure on Fresh Wine for the Horses washes away, it becomes apparent that Dickinson spent at least part of his time away becoming a sharper songwriter. Catherine Wheel songs, at their very worst, could be overwrought and insufferable, but Dickinson keeps it all in check, avoiding doe-eyed self-absorption and addressing a "you" with more frequency than ever. (Rest assured, he did not learn the latter move from Coldplay.) Structurally, this is a fairly conservative set of songs — at least when compared to the likes of "Fripp," "Car," "Girl Stand Still," and Adam and Eve's more exploratory passages — that covers a lot of the territory heard in Dickinson's past work, plus strings galore. After "My Name Is Love," a soaring introduction that smartly stops just short of saying "here is the anthem!," the album settles into calm contemplation, only to give way to a second half that throws in a couple rockers that strut and snarl with as much ease as "Broken Head" and "Broken Nose." One of these songs, along with the closing "Towering and Flowering," is a resuscitated turkey-era CW leftover that is, perversely enough, spectacular. Throughout, Dickinson's in better voice than ever while adding plenty of sweet background harmonies. Given the way his old band departed and the amount of time it took to materialize, Fresh Wine for the Horses is better than most could have expected. Fans who favored Catherine Wheel's more left-of-center moments will be unhappy that Dickinson is more into refinements than innovation here, but an album full of mostly great songs is an album of mostly great songs. [Released as the Sanctuary label was well on its way down, the album later found a new home on Fontana — with some help from Dickinson supporter Bob Ezrin, who had helped produce Adam and Eve (not to mention hundreds of major rock albums). Dickinson gave it a sonic overhaul, added a new song ("The End of the World," a highlight), and resequenced the original running order of the songs. A second disc was also added, featuring acoustic versions of Catherine Wheel favorites.]

Customer Reviews

A brilliant carreer, a fantastic CD

As a massive fan of Catherine Wheel, and of Rob Dickinson's amazingly deep, wickedly clever and emotional work, I was thrilled to have more of his incredible music to enjoy. And I do enjoy this album tremendously - if not as much as his previous work with the band, but that would be a tall order. I am hopeful the lushly remastered re-release via Universal will bring more attention and acclaim to this recording, so it doesn't suffer the continual criminally over-looked fate of so many Catherine Wheel releases. Rob Dickinson is a talent that should be celebrated and repsected alongside Bono, Michael Stipe, Billy Corrigan and Chris Martin. He is that good. The accoustic versions of some older Catherine Wheel songs are a real treat and capture some of the magic Rob brought to his smaller sets on tour over the last couple years. If you attended some of these smaller shows, as I did in Chicago, you might have had the chance to meet Rob and chat for a second. You'd then realize that Rob is a rare combination. A huge talent and a nice guy. Sometimes you CAN meet your idols.

A very well made album

I really love this album. I have been a fan of Catherine Wheel ever since I heard Crank on the radio. They truly were criminally overlooked by most people. Fresh Wine is more of adult contemporary version of CW. The same great songwriting but not so dependent on wall of sound guitars. The Night, Towering and Flowering and Bad Beauty are my faves.

Fresh wine for the horses

Rob Dickinson writes some great tunes in this, his first outing as a solo artist and in his previous band Catherine Wheel. I am glad that they have included extra songs and remastered versions of his initial pressing of this album, as well as a new tune...I look forward to more albums in the near future as Rob Dickinson is a true talent.

Biography

Born: July 23, 1965

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The cousin of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and, much more importantly, the guitar-playing frontman of Catherine Wheel, Rob Dickinson went solo a few years after his band, after five albums, made the decision to stop. Released on Sanctuary, the label operated by Catherine Wheel manager Merck Mercuriadis, Fresh Wine for the Horses was issued in 2005 but slipped out of print once the label went out of the new-release business. Thanks to some nudging from Bob Ezrin, who had worked with Catherine Wheel...
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