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  • Vinyl (30 Jan. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blanco Y Negro
  • ASIN: B00004WOD0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By slave4u73@hotmail.com on 13 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This record changed my life. No, it really did. Some might say that Catatonia "sold out" when they made this album, but if this is what selling out does, I only wish more bands would do it. From the opening guitars of the ultimate pop tune "Mulder and Scully" the album goes from strength to strength. The melodies are beauties, there are so many textures of sounds and the lyrics can mess with your head more than any intoxicating substances. And I know its been said before, but Cerys' voice is so beautiful and can move me to tears if I'm not making futile attempts to imitate it. Each song is an absolute masterpiece on its own, from the very original and understated "Goldfish And Paracetemol" to the gorgeous songs that deserve to be up with the best of power ballads, "Strange Glue" and "My Selfish Gene". Its a great shame that people put Catatonia down so much and didn't actually listen to the music, because they had something very very special. All of the albums are great, but this one is just better than amazing. I'd give it 5 million stars if I could. Buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry Hoggart on 6 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I felt I just had to put my 5* review in here as I thought it was scandalous that this album was rated lower than Way Beyond Blue (Cerys and the boys' previous album). Yes, Way Beyond Blue is a good disc, but International Velvet is simply fabulous.
Every song is a belter from the poppy hit Mulder And Scully to the driving rock of Road Rage to the plaintive cry of Strange Glue. Cerys' captivating voice is surely one of the most original in modern rock (shown to good effect on the sparse My Selfish Gene) and her lyrics are fantastically off-the-wall. Is there a better opening couplet for a song than "I put horses heads in peoples' beds; Cause I am the Mob"? And I bet if I understood Welsh I'd like the lyrics to International Velvet, but the (English) chorus is great singalong stuff nevertheless (cod Welsh accent optional).
Give yourself a treat and buy this album to hear some great songs played well by a truly original band at the very top of their form.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. A. L. Turner on 18 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album never sells for less then a fiver on bootfairs even (when the stall next door is selling everthing for 20p) and, having got my own copy at last, I understand why. This album contains virtually all the songs I love from this band.
The Welsh singing voice can sometimes be a beautiful thing, and none is more beautiful then that of Caerys (spelling?) Matthews. She can either sound amazingly delicate and sweet or gloriously angry and grrr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
I just lurve this Album. I know all the words off by heart and I am even singing along to it right now. I can even manage to sing along to the title-track international velvet which is sung totaly in Welsh! All the songs are so different so you can listen to what you want to match your mood. There is much more up-beat loud dance-along songs than in later Albums such as equally cursed and blessed. If you have not heared of Catatonia before, they are a brilliant band with Cerys Mathews as the vocals. Cerys has a unique form of a welsh accent which is just totally wonderfull. I would give anything if I could have a voice like hers. A great album
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew C. Edwards on 3 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Since I was 10, I remember seeing this album and wanting to buy it, however not having enough money when I was 10 and having a short memory span I never got round to it. However six years later I've finnaly got round to buying it.
I love Catatonia, there my favourite band and all there music rocks, but this is probally there best album and also contains my favourite single, "Strange Glue" and the single that introduced me to Catatonia, "Road Rage". Yet all of the tracks oN this album are amazing, there isnt a low point for me - although I do skip "Mulder & Skully" sometimes having heard it so much.Despite this this album is probally my favourite Catatonia album, and perhaps my favourite all time album.
The only problem I have with this album is the fact its way to short at 45min. "Thats All Folks" (off the Strange Glue Single) would have been very appropriate final song, yet alas its not.
HIGHPOINTS = "Strange Glue" & "My Selfish Gene"
LOWPOINTS = None.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lander (uk_rik@yahoo.co.uk) on 9 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
When I got this album it was an unexpected Christmas present. I had never heard of Catatonia before, and I was never a great fan of Britpop. But I listened to it anyway. And I found it addictive. I put it on every day up untill the end of the holidays, and took it to school, and listened to it on the toilet. This is a compelling album, and its real triumph is its diversity. Catatonia has produced an album with so many twists and turns, it is sometimes hard to believe it is all from the same band. And now I am a Catatoniaholic. I found out some info about them too, they had relesed only one album previuosly, and it did ot chart, but I bought it anyway. Guess where I found it (online).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Mulder and Scully is good, really good, a smash hit single that everyone loves yet it is the LEAST brilliant song on this album. Game On is smooth, silky and uplifting and I am the Mob is the most stylish guitar pop rock novelty song ever but it is ROad Rage that makes your hair stand on end. . .and it continues to stand on end until the album is over. Right through the anthemic yet strangely stirring Johnny Come Lately throught the rythmic Goldfish and paracetamol and the welsh national anthem... sorry I mean the title track. One Night Stands is such a slice of lifesong that it is painful to listen to while Part of the Furniture shows that they can do,their own brand of rock too. The last three tracks are to die for.Dont need the Sunshine is the most touching, singalongable acoustic strum ever, while Strange Glue is a grand theatrical masterpiece and in my opinion the best song ever. My Selfish Gene is the comedown that makesyou feel down and depressed enough to need cheering up... so you start the album backat Mulder and Scully...
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