Picks and Pans Review: Adam and Eve

updated 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Catherine Wheel

While most British modern rockers wear their old-timer influences on their polyester sleeves, Catherine Wheel subtly weaves its inspiration (most notably Pink Floyd) into a more contemporary fabric. The songs on the band's fourth disc vary between waves of melodic serenity and bursts of guitar-driven turbulence, with such tracks as "Thunderbird" and "For Dreaming" unfolding randomly, cruising along at a slow-burning pace. Frontman Rob Dickinson's vocals are alternately soaring and pinched, as if he can't quite decide whether to exorcise his pain or bottle it up. This is truly ambitious music-making—not as instantly hummable, perhaps, as the latest Oasis single but with an ethereal spell that lingers far longer. (Mercury)

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