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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.]
First and only Review?? This is a classic.
Not sure how much this review will matter, since I'm not sure who'll see it. If anybody curious happens by, and hasn't happened to listen to the old Wedding Present stuff, this album is tremendous. If you're young and want to know what REAL rock music was in the 80s, check this out. Not ready to commit to the whole album? Buy and download 'Kennedy' and 'Bewitched'...if you listen and it doesn't grab you, they you won't have to worry about listening to real music, and you can go back to whatever stuff you're subjecting yourself to now. This album is garage-y, urgent, emotional, great. I dj-ed at one of THE college stations at the time, and I guarantee, this is one of the albums of the era. One of the strengths of Wedding Present is, if you like rock music, there are no dud songs here. The best ones are just supreme: Brassneck, No, Kennedy, Bewitched, Take Me. And the bonus EP that's been added (the last 4 songs) is wonderful. It has another version of Brassneck, produced by Steve Albini. Albini did their next full album, Seamonsters, which is also worth checking out. The two together are the peak of Wedding Present, one of the great great bands lost in the shuffle of the then-oncoming Seattle/grunge scene. Thanks, iTunes, for adding their stuff. Now just get the still-missing Watusi album on here. And get the original release dates corrected on all of them.
Don't Talk, Just Kiss
This album is truly an overlooked masterpiece. There is much to learn about melody, songwriting, and rythm here. This is an essential for any well-rounded music collection.
A Favorite hidden Gem
Honest lyrics, punching guitar, and consuming melodies. This is a classic which must be added to your collection.
Formed: 1985 in Leeds, England
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by The Wedding Present
||Hand In Glove||Please, Please, Please - A Tribute to The Smiths||3:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Holly Jolly Hollywood||Holly Jolly Hollywood - Single||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Holly Jolly Hollywood||Holly Jolly Hollywood - EP||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Kennedy||Bizarro||4:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Brassneck||Bizarro||4:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dalliance||Seamonsters||4:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Holly Jolly Hollywood (Klee Remix)||Holly Jolly Hollywood - Single||3:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Jane||Valentina||3:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||High||Just Like Heaven - A Tribute to the Cure||2:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Corduroy||Seamonsters||3:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|