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In one of the most unexpected musical twists of 1992, perhaps the biggest shoegaze band in America — or at least the band most closely associated with that approach — was Catherine Wheel, thanks to the notable alternative radio success of the stirring “Black Metallic” single. The band themselves tended to be more of a fellow traveller with said sonic style, with an audible debt to both Pink Floyd’s ruminative side and Neil Young’s gorgeously loud one playing out throughout the quite strong album and songs like “I Want To Touch You” and “Salt.”

Ned Raggett

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