Valentina - The Wedding Present
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  • Summary: The first album in four years for the rock band led by David Gedge was produced by Andrew Scheps.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 20, 2012
    85
    Guitars meander before slicing, the rhythm section is taut, and Gedge hits all of his favorite topics-love, lust and spite-often in the same three or four minutes. Gedge may never get this relationship stuff figured out, but at least the rest of us benefit. [No.85, p.60]
  2. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    Older, wiser, maybe a little less caustic in the execution - but as still sharp as a knife.
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    With Valentina, [Gedge] has created another fine love album, full of clever, relatable, fine love songs.
  4. Mar 21, 2012
    70
    While you could say the Weddoes' m.o. is fairly predictable at this point, it nonetheless feels vibrant and engaging enough because of the conviction the band puts into its music, be it the bite of the buzzsaw riffs or the snap of the heavy beats or Gedge's snarling vocals, which can still sneer with the best of 'em after all these years.
  5. Apr 18, 2012
    60
    While this isn't going to make you toss your copy of George Best, it shows the guy still has some gas left in his tank and is far from embarrassing himself.
  6. Mar 16, 2012
    60
    That Gedge remains, at 51, stranded lyrically at a romantically disappointing post A-Level party is less cause for celebration. [Apr 2012, p.88]
  7. Mar 15, 2012
    40
    There's plenty of sizzle, but nothing really sears.

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  1. Nov 12, 2012
    8
    Great album. Like some of the reviews say it does sound a little bit like the Fall in places but without losing the classic WP sound. SomeGreat album. Like some of the reviews say it does sound a little bit like the Fall in places but without losing the classic WP sound. Some great lyrics from DLG (as always). Occasionally hits the high watermarks set by previous albums. Recommended to all WP fans - a good point to jump back in if you have 'lapsed'. End Credits and Bang! You're Dead my two favourite tracks. Expand