Valhalla Avenue

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Valhalla Avenue
Valhalla Avenue - The Fatima Mansions.jpg
Studio album by
Released1992
GenreAlternative rock
Length44:54
LabelKitchenware[1]
ProducerRalph Jezzard, Victor Van Vugt, Cathal Coughlan
The Fatima Mansions chronology
Bertie's Brochures
(1991)
Valhalla Avenue
(1992)
Come Back My Children
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Select4/5 stars[4]

Valhalla Avenue is an album by Irish alternative rock act The Fatima Mansions.[1][5] Released in 1992 by Kitchenware Records, the album included the singles "Evil Man" and "1000%". Frontman Cathal Coughlan wrote, and with the assistance of Ralph Jezzard and Victor Van Vugt, produced and engineered the album.

A limited edition was also released with several bonus tracks, including obscure cover versions of R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" and Ministry's "Stigmata".

The album reached number 52 on the UK Albums Chart.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The Chicago Reader wrote that the album contains "some strikingly tuneful songs."[7] Select called it "compulsive, sick, angelic music for the permanently aggrieved."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Cathal Coughlan.

  1. "Evil Man" (4:12)
  2. "Something Bad" (3:04)
  3. "Valhalla Avenue" (3:19)
  4. "1000%" (3:58)
  5. "North Atlantic Wind" (4:21)
  6. "Purple Window" (5:01)
  7. "Go Home Bible Mike" (3:40)
  8. "Perfumes of Paradise" (3:03)
  9. "Greyhair" (4:26)
  10. "C^7/Breakfast with Bandog" (3:31)
  11. "Ray of Hope, Hoe of Rape" (4:15)
  12. "Be Dead" (2:05)

Personnel[edit]

  • Cathal Ó Cochláin – vocals, robot keyboards
  • Sister Mary Ó Gruama – guitar
  • Duke Ó Málaithe – keyboards
  • Hugh Bunker – bass guitar
  • Nicholas Tiompan Allum – drums, woodwind scoring

Additional Musicians;-

  • Simon Picard – soprano sax on "North Atlantic Wind"
  • Ann Rodgers - vocals on "North Atlantic Wind"
  • Mike Williams - clarinet on "Greyhair" and "Perfumes Of Paradise"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Buckley, Peter (August 2, 2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781843531050 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Valhalla Avenue - Fatima Mansions | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b "Select Magazine Website". selectmagazinescans.monkeon.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Fatima Mansions". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  6. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 281-282
  7. ^ Reger, Rick. "Black Beauty". Chicago Reader.