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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Continuing the emphasis on Rob Dickinson's ascendant presence as the Catherine Wheel's lead singer, Wishville is the sound of musicians accepting their band's essential nature: there is no longer any doubt, especially afte... more »
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Continuing the emphasis on Rob Dickinson's ascendant presence as the Catherine Wheel's lead singer, Wishville is the sound of musicians accepting their band's essential nature: there is no longer any doubt, especially after the dazzling, pounding opener "Sparks Are Gonna Fly" rips through your speakers, that the Catherine Wheel are simply one hell of a pop band. --Matthew Cooke
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That's THE Catherine Wheel to you!
David Parker | burlington, vermont United States | 05/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A slightly new name (so people will no longer mistakenly find their albums under "female folk singers"), and a shorter, more concise version of the compelling songwriting and instrumentation always found on their albums. This is no masterpiece like 'Adam and Eve', as there is really nothing as compelling here as 'Ma Solituda' or as epic as "Phantom of the American Mother', but a great album after repeated listens nevertheless. One of the few bands who can still write complex, emotional songs in the usually-tiring 'guitar/bass/drums' motif. I'm a bit disappointed with only 9 songs clocking in at just 40 minutes, but 'Wishville' is still another great album by one of the best bands in the world. I just wish everybody else knew it! Hopefully Sony will work them like the Mercury label didn't, and the rest of the world will catch on!"
Et tu, Catherine Wheel?
Richard Andrade | Somerville, MA USA | 08/24/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"How did a band that produced such a magnificent cd like "Chrome" or such a sublime song like "Black Metallic", suddenly start to sound like Bush (and, trust me, this is not meant as a compliment)? Despite this very uninspired power-chord-laden "Wishville" effort, I urge you to explore the "older" works of this amazing band and see how brilliant they can be."
accumbaldopamine | iowa city, ia | 12/22/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Catherine wheel are/ were a pretty solid rock band. Started out shoegazey, got a little more aggressive along with the nirvana thing, and then hit an apparent peak with "Adam and Eve". I have no idea if they were forced to release this garbage, or if they really thought it was good or it was a contract-finishing record or what. There are 9 songs, and 9 songs only. Maybe 2 or 3 are worth hearing again. The album is made up of pretty straight forward and pretty awful rock songs. They last about 4 minutes each, they basically mesh into one another and sound really tired and uninspired. I'm probably digging too deep, but maybe the band just wanted to get this out so they could break up (haven't seen nor heard from them since)? If you are looking for quality "alternative" rock, look elsewhere. There are dozens of great bands making similar, sylistically speaking, music that do it a lot better than this. Actually go buy "Adam and Eve", "Chrome" or "Ferment" by this very band. They made those albums when they cared about making music. Clearly their passion is gone!"