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Pop/Rock - Released May 1, 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 - Released May 17, 1991 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 26, 2021 | Scopitones

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Pop/Rock - Released January 1, 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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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 1997 | [PIAS]

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Pop/Rock - Released October 21, 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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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 1997 | [PIAS]

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Pop - Released May 1, 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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Alternative & Indie - Released September 2, 2016 | Scopitones

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 14, 2005 | Scopitones

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 23, 2021 | Scopitones

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2017 | Scopitones

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Pop - Released November 20, 2020 | Scopitones

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 19, 2017 | Primavera Labels

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Rock - Released January 1, 1994 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

Arriving after a Steve Albini-produced trove of mopey wonder (1991's Seamonsters) and a collection of relatively more lighthearted singles (1992's Hit Parade), the Wedding Present's fourth album Watusi found David Gedge and company hitting a particularly brilliant stride in terms of songwriting and creative development alike. Produced by Seattle personality Steve Fisk in a time when "grunge" was a breathless buzzword, there's some rock muscle happening on tracks like "So Long, Baby" and "Shake It" that veers more toward flannel-friendly guitar tones than C-86 fuzz, but the jangly melancholy of the uptempoed "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" finds the perfect balance between the two, with booming drums locking in with spindly guitar lines and electrified organ. Tracks like "Spangle" tap into the band's trademark way with syrupy slow songs of crushing heartbreak, this time supported by the scratchy tones of Fisk's church organ drum machine. Watusi is one of the more dynamic Wedding Present albums, with both songs and production stretching into less predictable territory, presenting Gedge’s by now familiar ruminations on difficult love and disintegrating relationships with an extra dose of daring. The band's straying from the formula is at its best in forms as divergent as the long fits of Velvets-like guitar squall on "Catwoman," and the tender, a cappella back and forth between Gedge and Beat Happening vocalist Heather Lewis on "Click Click," the album’s finest and most impacting moment. © Fred Thomas /TiVo
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Rock - Released February 21, 2020 | Hatch Records Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 19, 2021 | Scopitones

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 1996 | Cooking Vinyl

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 27, 2008 | Scopitones

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 9, 2019 | Scopitones