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Album Review

Two years on from their debut album, the Wedding Present delivered a proper sophomore effort, Bizarro [Camden Deluxe Bonus Tracks]; one quite distanced from the jangle punk days of 1987's George Best. Though David Gedge's obsession with the lovelorn had by no means disappeared, the band finally found a way to frame his lyrics properly, resulting in a darker album with more emotional weight where needed. "Brassneck," the Wedding Present' first collaboration with engineer Steve Albini, became their biggest hit yet, peaking at Number 24 on the British charts. [Camden Deluxe's 2001 reissue features remastered sound, the entire Brassneck single, and three additional tracks.]

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Emerging in the wake of the Smiths' demise as the U.K.'s most successful indie pop band during the late '80s, the Wedding Present were founded in Leeds, England, in 1985. Formed from the ashes of the short-lived Lost Pandas, the Weddoes (as they were affectionately dubbed by fans) were essentially the vehicle of singer/songwriter David Gedge, the only constant member throughout the group's tumultuous history. Initially rounded out by guitarist Peter Solowka, bassist Keith Gregory, and drummer Shaun...
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