International Velvet - Catatonia
Rock & Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Blanco y Negro Records, Beggars Banquet - Distributor: PIAS UK/Arvato Services - Released: 02/02/1998 ...
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Review of "International Velvet - Catatonia"
Catatonia are possibly one of the most underrated bands in modern music. Their influence over the early "Indie" category is remarkable and I'm honestly surprised more people don't listen to them. The album International Velvet is the main album from 1998, the music is as interesting as the cover. The husky voice of Cerys Matthews drives the lyrics of psychological disturbance and insanity into the listener (Catatonia is a psychological syndrome) whilst the guitar technique's are original and used sparingly as not to overload their audience. The track listing is as follows:
Mulder and Scully - The opening track of International Velvet does exactly what an opener needs to, gives a good insight as to the tone of the whole album but not the absolute best of the album as to deceive listeners. With an unusual melody quickly interchanging between differing verse patterns and then sliding into a short but moving chorus, Mulder and Scully showcases Catatonia's talents such as Matthew's unique range and versatility of emotion, and the interesting guitar techniques and rare chords used throughout the album. Highlight of the Album!Game On - After Mulder and Scully, Game On is much less hard hitting in sound however, lyrically it is at the top of the album and Cerys Matthews takes a sarcastic view on past experiences of love and arguments, which it is easy to sympathise with. Again the band don't overdo it with the instruments playing at a similar level so everything can be heard clearly, which is refreshing considering modern rock musics pattern for too much guitar. Highlight of the Album!
I Am The Mob - This track uses anger as it's drive opening with "I put horses head in people's bed's" it becomes clear that the band are more edgy than one would initially think progressing to say "I'm gunna put a bullet in your knees" this is a fun and fast paced song that stands out in the album. Highlight of the Album!Road Rage - My personal favourite of the album and possibly the band altogether. Opening with a slow drum beat with underlying bass the song builds up into a more aggressive chorus whilst maintaining the emotion evident in Matthew's lyrics. Worth buying the album just for this song alone. Highlight of the Album!
Johnny Come Lately - A slightly different approach with the acoustic guitar intro and more mellow vocals from Matthew's. Whilst the verses aren't as enticing as previous songs on the album, the chorus delivers with a more seducing melody. Highlight of the Album!Goldfish and Paracetamol - A more experimental vocal direction from Matthew's, not initially so good but with more listens it becomes so much better to listen to, only let dow by the absence of any melodic instruments for the most part of the song which only leaves Cerys Matthews really Welch accent to push the song along.
International Velvet - Admittedly a disappointing title track and by this point of the album your wondering what the hell happened but fortunately the song is saved by the chorus has a fun tune. Just a bit peeved by the "I Thank the Lord I'm Welch" lyric. Title Track!Why I Can't Stand One Night Stands
Part of the Furniture
Don't Need The Sunshine - Most uplifting track on the album, Don't Need the Sunshine is an acoustic song that relies solely on the vocals blending with the clear chords on the guitar. One of the most popular songs amongst Catatonia's fan base, very easy to listen to over and over. Highlight of the Album!Strange Glue
My Selfish Gene
No Stone Unturned
Mantra For The Lost
Although there are a few less outstanding songs towards the end, most of the album is fantastic and intuitive, with hindsight it becomes clear after listening that the modern indie craze drew a lot from Catatonia.
Product Information : International Velvet - Catatonia
Manufacturer's product descriptionRock & Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Blanco y Negro Records, Beggars Banquet - Distributor: PIAS UK/Arvato Services - Released: 02/02/1998 - 639842083423
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