Ferment (6 Bonus Tracks)
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the British Shoegazer's 1992 debut album including six bonus tracks. Hailing from Great Yarmouth, Catherine Wheel were one of the original 'Shoegazer' bands and certainly the most popular, even scoring a U.S. hit with 'Black Metallic'. Produced by Talk Talk collaborator Tim Friese-Greene, Ferment features 'Shallow', 'I Want to Touch You', 'She's My Friend & 'Salt' as well as the aforementioned 'Black Metallic'. This edition comes expanded with six bonus recordings including the four 30 CenturyMan E.P. tracks, the non-album single 'Balloon' and live fan favorite 'Intravenous'. Cherry Red. 2010.
One of the finest albums to arise out of the shoegazing trend coating the early 1990s, Ferment is rich, lush, and wrenching. For what it's worth, Catherine Wheel get a mention in the liner notes of the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. Perhaps it's indicative of the fact that this album rocks a little harder than the genre-defining releases from the likes of the Stone Roses, the Charlatans, and the Inspiral Carpets. Ferment includes guitar solos, albeit tasteful guitar solos, that most of Catherine Wheel's contemporaries would have balked at. Later releases abandon the ethereal noise wash, leaning a little more toward the sound of their admirers the Pumpkins. A beautiful, spiraling release, Ferment is pliable but impenetrable. --Beth Bessmer --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
That said, this album is my favorite album of all time. This from a guy who owns or has owned over a thousand records of all shapes and sizes and styles.
I bought this CD in '92 on a complete whim (I think a friend of mine thought the cover looked cool, to give you an idea of what twits we were when we were 18). Since then, it's probably played out in my player and my mind thousands of times.
There's really not much else I can say specifically about the album. It either grabs you and surrounds you and transports you to another place, or it's a bunch of "noise". Probably depends on who you are, what makes you happy, and your psychological state.
That said, if you like this disc, pick up Chrome, a close second to this one in quality. And all of CW's music is fantastic. Coldplay is a recent Brit band that comes even near CW in terms of quality - check them out too.
anyway, this is a truly wonderful album, with nary a single track being forgettable...CW has since faltered album after album, trying to be more "rock" and/or "pop" really has never suited them, and all of their albums after 'chrome' are not very good, in spite of what hardcore fans may attest...
'ferment' features a few standout tracks and a wealth of lovely "supporting cast members"...the title track and 'black metallic' are both stunning, as if the band had tapped into the emotional heart of what the real shoegazers were missing...regardless of the lyrics, dickinson's vox and the shimmering, hissing, soaring guitar torrents make for beautiful stuff...'indigo is blue' has a perfectly timed pause before its guitar solo (don't let the phrase "guitar solo" scare you off), and also makes gorgeous use of dickinson's uniquely "hollow" vocal style...the words to "salt" are mostly unintelligible (perhaps CW were gazing shoeward on occasion), yet the song gallops along gracefully, with peals of feedback buried behind the wall of guitars in its fadeout...like slowdive's 'machine gun', the song manages to be moving without any sort of decipherable lyrical hook...Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Owning this album is more than a gesture in supurb musical taste. Adding Ferment to your collection elevates you to rock guru status. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003 by sne296
If you are looking for a gazer band with some kick this is it! I Want TO TOuch You chugs along and Black Metallic has a feeling that Ride never got. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2002 by Neyko
Hey this is the album with the hit Black Metallic. Certainly a milestone in the whole shoegaze movement. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by David C. Anderson
(Nice cover, guys. Whose is it? Next time maybe a photo of an armpit, okay? You could name the album "Stinker" and maintain a tradition all your own. Jeez. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2001 by Mark Champion
This album is not the pinnacle of shoegazing that a lot of people seem to think it is. This band seems to have stole most of its ideas from the band Ride, and its album Nowhere. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001 by D. R. Eriksen
I think the Catherine Wheel are magnificent. Ferment is their first album, and it should be taken as such.
Now don't get me wrong. Ferment is far from bad. Read more
The title to this review is misleading as this was CW's 1st album....I first heard of CW because of their latest album -- Wishville -- and have since worked my way backwards to... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2001
I have had this disc for 8 years and it still amazes me. Everything Catherine Wheel puts out is fantastic, but Ferment is by far, my favorite. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2000