By People Staff
October 25, 1993 12:00 PM

Catherine Wheel

In their second album this English foursome litters its trail of angst with as many morbid couplets as a book of Sylvia Plath poetry.

Chrome rings with the feverish pitch of Ferment, the group’s 1992 debut album. Frontman Rob Dickinson’s tortured vocals make Leonard Cohen sound like a glee club president as he sings, “Pain/ Here it comes again,” over drill-like guitars and drumming.

Though the tumult rarely lets up, traces of perfect pop melodies peek through. Sharp, syncopated rhythm punctuates “Half Life,” while “The Nude” and “Show Me Mary,” buoyant enough to be sung in the shower, might make even Cohen smirk. (Fontana/ Mercury)