International Velvet

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Prior to International Velvet, Catatonia offered modest, lovely pleasures -- pretty, ringing pop songs filled with sweet and sour melodies. Apparently, the band was concerned that they were a little too precious, a little too similar to late-'80s indie pop groups like the Primitives, so they beefed up their sound, turned up the guitars and toughened up their attack for International Velvet, their second major-label album the first to be released in America. It's a gambit that fails as often it succeeds. Part of the problem is that the hard rock sounds forced, never quite rocking with the abandon it should and keeping much of the album grounded. More ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Prior to International Velvet, Catatonia offered modest, lovely pleasures -- pretty, ringing pop songs filled with sweet and sour melodies. Apparently, the band was concerned that they were a little too precious, a little too similar to late-'80s indie pop groups like the Primitives, so they beefed up their sound, turned up the guitars and toughened up their attack for International Velvet, their second major-label album the first to be released in America. It's a gambit that fails as often it succeeds. Part of the problem is that the hard rock sounds forced, never quite rocking with the abandon it should and keeping much of the album grounded. More problematically, Cerys Matthews has a captivating voice but a weakness for gimmicks -- "I Am the Mob" and "Mulder and Scully" have terrific hooks, but it's hard to get with their self-conscious pop culture references. Still, at least they bring memorable melodies to the songs. When their songwriting comes up short, there isn't enough attitude or snarl to the performances to make them enjoyable -- which is precisely what the sonic revamping should have given them. Even with the flaws, International Velvet has its fair share of pop delights -- it just doesn't deliver as many as Way Beyond Blue, which had a surplus of melody and grace.
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  • Release Date: 7/7/1998
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624695622
  • Catalog Number: 46956

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Catatonia Primary Artist
Mark Roberts Guitar
Alec Richards Drums
Cerys Matthews Vocals
Owen Powell Guitar
Paul Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Joe Gibbs Engineer
Tommy D Producer
Joe Gibb Engineer
Paul Read Engineer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Catatonia Producer
Greg Haver Engineer
Cerys Matthews Composer
Jason Harris Engineer
Tommy Catatonia Producer
Paul Read Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Catatonia: 'I find myself captivated'

    Catatonia, probably my favorite band right now, has captured me with it's unique sound and has provoked 'My Selfish Gene' to always lead back to it. Cerys voice in International Velvet is amazing, while sexy, mysterious and sweet. The songs and their lyrics are one of a kind, who else can '...Put horses heads in people's beds' or '...Be your table and chair...'? Songs like 'Don't Need the Sunshine' and 'Game On' bring new light of strenght, while 'Strange Glue' and 'Why I Can't Stand One Night Stands' envoke a darker feeling. This album also contains 'Road Rage' their internationally known song, and leaves you singing the words whilest craving for more. 'So if all you've got to do today is find piece of mind' turn to Catatonia, because from the first chord in 'Mulder and Scully' to the last piano note in 'My Selfish Gene' you'll be 'Taking it easy on yourself...'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wicked Welsh Wailers

    The X-Files meets Brit pop head on in this eclectic mix of tunes. Cerys Matthews powerful vocals do justice to Catatonia's best album to date.

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