Catatonia : Stone By Stone

They're not as annoying, but still amazingly boring.

Thanks to Cerys Matthews finally recovering from a severe case of rock’n’roll-induced depression, Catatonia are back from the brink of splitting up. By the sounds of this single, though, all is still not well. They’ve ditched their trademark Britpop guitars and replaced them with plaintive strings and even Cerys’ fierce bellow has softened to accommodate a more ‘sensitive’ sound. Once comedic stars of the Britpop scene, whose hits – ‘Mulder amp; Scully’, ‘Road Rage’ – were mainly successful because they were named after national buzzwords, Catatonia seem to have returned to being a serious pop group. As a result, they’re

not as annoying, but still amazingly boring.

Andy Capper