The Cathode Ray ‎– The Cathode Ray

Stereogram Recordings ‎– STECD001
CD, Album

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1 Patience Is A Virtue
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms, Paul Haig
2 Train
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms, Paul Haig
3 Dispersal
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms
4 Around
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms, Paul Haig
5 Lost And Found
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms, Paul Haig
6 Creature Of Habit
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms
7 All My Highs
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms, Paul Haig
8 Slipping Away
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms, Paul Haig
9 She Hates To Lose
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms
10 Get A Way
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms, Paul Haig
11 The Race
Written-By – Jeremy Thoms, Paul Haig


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July 12, 2013
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Review from The Sound Project - 28/03/2012

Six years in the making, The Cathode Ray's eponymously-titled debut album has been well worth the wait.

Originally formed as a writing project between singer-songwriter Jeremy Thoms and former Josef-K front-man Paul Haig, The Cathode Ray have received a welcome reception since the release of their debut double A-side single, 'What's it All About/Mind' (Pronoia), back in late 2006.

Haig has since quit the band, citing a desire to work on his own rejuvenated solo career as the reason for his departure, leaving Jeremy Thoms to step forward to take over as lead vocalist.

The album itself is a resounding success. Opener 'Patience is a Virtue', is pure indie-pop; Thoms angsty vocals wrap around guitars which sound like they could have been ripped from Orange Juice at their prime. Further nods to Edwyn Collins and co can be found on the Thoms-penned 'Dispersal'.

The band have a retro yet modern feel, which is highlighted on 'Train', a good old fashioned three minute guitar pop song, which has a sound reminiscent of later period Beach Boys.

'Around', for me, is one of the albums best moments - Thoms' vocals reach a new high (or low as it would be). The song itself is new wave soul and features the backing vocals of Thoms' wife Laura.

The album's new wave sound is at its best on 'Lost and Found' and 'Creature of Habit' - both of which profit from Steve Fraser's distinct guitar sound with its throw-backs to Magazine and the Velvets.

A Talking Heads influence is evident in Thoms' vocals on the superb 'All My Highs', a track that still features the guitars and backing vocals of Haig.

'Slipping Away' and 'Get A Way', both sound like something Haig would have written in his Josef-K heyday.

The album's climax, 'The Race', is the ultimate stand out in an album that is full of them. It's something of a rock-ballad, but in the way early 2000s Bowie would have done it. Vocally it's as astute as anything Thoms has done before (of which there is a vast back catalogue) and is the perfect end to one of the best debuts you're likely to hear this year.

Key song: The Race