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Pop/Rock - Paru le 1 mai 1991 | RCA Camden

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After recording with Steve Albini on their remake of 1990's "Brassneck" single, the Wedding Present decamped to Minnesota to record a full album with the notoriously abrasive producer. It proved to be a perfect match of band and producer and Seamonsters turned out to be the most emotionally powerful album the band could have hoped to make. Albini's dramatically stripped-down sound and David Gedge's utterly wrecked lyrics work to wring every last drop of desolate anger and angst from the songs. Simon Smith sounds like he's battering his drums with concrete blocks instead of sticks, Keith Gregory's wire-taut bass sounds like it's stalking the guitars, and Gedge and Peter Solowka's guitars explode into flaming balls of noise and sound when they aren't lurking in the mix like barely restrained demons. The simplicity of the recording, the intense range of dynamics in each song, and the almost painful amount of passion the band injects into every note is breathtaking. Add in Gedge's ripped-from-his-heart vocals and his intensely felt, quite bleak lyrics and it gets close to emotional overload territory. The Weddoes had always had a reputation for being dour and straitlaced, but there was usually still some humor in Gedge's turns of phrase, a jaunty feel to their high-speed guitar strumathons, and an almost fun energy in their poppiest songs. There's absolutely nothing about Seamonsters that isn't the darkest, unhappiest thing one could imagine. Luckily, all the gloom is tempered by how catchy the songs are -- hooky tracks like "Dare" and "Dalliance" are hard to shake. It's also made easier to swallow by the quieter songs like "Carolyn" and the overall dynamic approach, which allow Gedge some space to croon. Indeed, this is the album where Gedge moves beyond being a solid vocalist to being a great one. He transmits so much emotion with such a limited range that it's almost like some kind of sad magic trick. Seamonsters is the Wedding Present's masterpiece, a long look into the abyss that feels like a knife twisting deep into the heart, and sounds like a glimpse into the bare souls of the band. It's not easy listening, but it is essential. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Paru le 17 mai 1991 | RCA Records Label

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 26 février 2021 | Scopitones

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Pop/Rock - Paru le 1 janvier 2003 | RCA Camden

It was a stunt of sorts, yet it was also an idea, and as the Legend! points out in the liner notes to this 2003 reissue, ideas in music are few and far between. It suckered weak-willed casual fans into apprehensively buying a Wedding Present single once a month for an entire year, but it also produced a handful of the group's best singles -- all 12 of which reached the Top 40 of the U.K. chart -- and several covers that were either completely unlikely or just the opposite. While the Hit Parade 1 CD compilation covered January-June and its companion disc took care of the rest of the year, this reissue places the A-sides on one disc and the B-sides on the other. As a result, the first disc makes for a solid follow-up to 1991's Seamonsters; the B-sides disc makes for one of the best all-covers albums ever made. This would've been a good time to make Hit Parade 3 -- a limited six-song disc of more covers -- more widely available. Some things must be left for the 20th anniversary edition, right? © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 13 octobre 1997 | [PIAS]

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Pop/Rock - Paru le 21 octobre 1989 | RCA Camden

The Wedding Present's second proper studio album, Bizarro cut down a bit on the frenetic jangle the band was known for in its early days and replaced it with healthy doses of darkness and power. Adding some fuzzy, crunchy distortion to give the guitars some hefty impact, slowing the tempos down to speeds that allow vocalist David Gedge to squeeze more heartbroken despair and bleak sarcasm out of every line, and generally upping their game in every way, the album is the fullest realization of the Wedding Present's sound yet. Leading off with the unstoppably hooky "Brassneck," which features a brilliant Gedge reading of lines that rhyme "grow up" and "throw up," the album plays like a collection of thematically related singles. The most single-y among them is "Kennedy," which has some brilliant singalong lyrics and an intensely dramatic guitar strum buildup that crescendos into a maelstrom of sound. The rest of the record isn't far behind; whether it's the sparse "What Have I Said Now?" or the slowly grinding "Bewitched," one could extract any song and it would feel like a highlight -- even the epic-length "Take Me!," which closes the album in a fury of strums, drum fills, and chugging bass that builds and builds until it seems like the song is going to levitate and take the listener right along with it. The Wedding Present didn't necessarily need to improve their already winning template, but they did and it pays off big time on Bizarro. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Pop - Paru le 1 mai 1991 | RCA Camden

After recording with Steve Albini on their remake of 1990's "Brassneck" single, the Wedding Present decamped to Minnesota to record a full album with the notoriously abrasive producer. It proved to be a perfect match of band and producer and Seamonsters turned out to be the most emotionally powerful album the band could have hoped to make. Albini's dramatically stripped-down sound and David Gedge's utterly wrecked lyrics work to wring every last drop of desolate anger and angst from the songs. Simon Smith sounds like he's battering his drums with concrete blocks instead of sticks, Keith Gregory's wire-taut bass sounds like it's stalking the guitars, and Gedge and Peter Solowka's guitars explode into flaming balls of noise and sound when they aren't lurking in the mix like barely restrained demons. The simplicity of the recording, the intense range of dynamics in each song, and the almost painful amount of passion the band injects into every note is breathtaking. Add in Gedge's ripped-from-his-heart vocals and his intensely felt, quite bleak lyrics and it gets close to emotional overload territory. The Weddoes had always had a reputation for being dour and straitlaced, but there was usually still some humor in Gedge's turns of phrase, a jaunty feel to their high-speed guitar strumathons, and an almost fun energy in their poppiest songs. There's absolutely nothing about Seamonsters that isn't the darkest, unhappiest thing one could imagine. Luckily, all the gloom is tempered by how catchy the songs are -- hooky tracks like "Dare" and "Dalliance" are hard to shake. It's also made easier to swallow by the quieter songs like "Carolyn" and the overall dynamic approach, which allow Gedge some space to croon. Indeed, this is the album where Gedge moves beyond being a solid vocalist to being a great one. He transmits so much emotion with such a limited range that it's almost like some kind of sad magic trick. Seamonsters is the Wedding Present's masterpiece, a long look into the abyss that feels like a knife twisting deep into the heart, and sounds like a glimpse into the bare souls of the band. It's not easy listening, but it is essential. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 13 octobre 1997 | [PIAS]

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 2 septembre 2016 | Scopitones

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 14 février 2005 | Scopitones

En 2005, The Wedding Present venait de faire sa petite traversée du désert. Et le retour du groupe de David Gedge, quasiment élevé au rang de mythe pour certains fans, fut ponctué ci-et-là par des déferlements de joie insensée. Alors, The Wedding Present en 2005 avait tout du retour inespéré. Et le résultat est tout à fait à la hauteur de ce coup de poker. Cela commence par l’épique « Interstate 5 », titre pop furieux, épique et tendu, qui ne demande qu’à exploser sans jamais y parvenir. La bande de David Gedge apaise un peu le ton sur le superbe « Always The Quiet One », pépite de pop mélodique, à fredonner sous la douche ou en voiture. La force de The Wedding Present se situe exactement ici, dans cette propension qu’a David Gedge à dénicher la mélodie qui tue, qui fait sourire ou qui se fait hérisser le poil. « I’m From Further North Than You » ou le très enlevé et édulcoré « Ringway To Seatac » permettent de confirmer que ce Take Fountain est un véritable retour gagnant pour The Wedding Present. Si le disque ne parvient pas à égaler la fraîcheur et la formidable justesse d’un album comme Watusi, sorti quelques années plus tôt, il a le mérite de faire (re)découvrir un groupe (ou un personnage, David Gedge) qui a eu le bon goût de revenir au bon moment, quand il s’est senti véritablement inspiré par sa passion première : tenter d’écrire la chanson pop parfaite. L’exercice est périlleux et vain, mais l’enthousiasme, condition sine qua non pour s’approcher du but, est ici intact. © ©Copyright Music Story Arnaud De Vaubicourt 2016
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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 23 juillet 2021 | Scopitones

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 22 septembre 2017 | Scopitones

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Pop - Paru le 20 novembre 2020 | Scopitones

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 19 mai 2017 | Primavera Labels

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Rock - Paru le 1 janvier 1994 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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Rock - Paru le 21 février 2020 | Hatch Records Limited

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 19 février 2021 | Scopitones

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 1 janvier 1996 | Cooking Vinyl

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 27 octobre 2008 | Scopitones

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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 9 août 2019 | Scopitones