Valentina

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Magnet
    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 20, 2012
    80
    It's business as usual for the Wedding Present, but in the best possible way.
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    With Valentina, [Gedge] has created another fine love album, full of clever, relatable, fine love songs.
  4. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    Yet for the faithful, and even anyone who's heard the name but never the music, this is the same old wonderful stuff from one of our finest songwriters.
  5. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    Older, wiser, maybe a little less caustic in the execution - but as still sharp as a knife.
  6. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    If you've been a fan since their early days, you won't be disappointed, and if you're just discovering them, Valentina is a good introduction to the influential band.
  7. Apr 2, 2012
    70
    Throughout Valentina, and especially on 'End Credits', the Wedding Present's new streamlined and sinewy delivery certainly has something of The Fall to it.
  8. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    Almost every note, lyric, and sound could have appeared on any Weddoes record of the past 20 years or so without any problem.
  9. Under The Radar
    Mar 21, 2012
    70
    Vital as ever. [March 2012, p.80]
  10. 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.
  11. Mar 19, 2012
    69
    Valentina is essentially Gedge and his current sidemen doing a very solid impression of the Wedding Present as they were circa 1990.
  12. 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.
  13. Mojo
    Mar 23, 2012
    60
    Three or four candidates for an updated greatest hits package is not a bad hit rate. [Apr 2012, p.94]
  14. Uncut
    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]
  15. Mar 20, 2012
    55
    Valentina spends much of the time spinning in circles instead of plodding onward.
  16. Jun 5, 2012
    50
    But like a fine pastiche, the presented elements are enjoyable, but there's a detached lack of soul and ardor.
  17. May 4, 2012
    50
    Gedge's wryly stilted voice and clever turns of hook are still on display, but without the frantic guitar of Pete Solowka from the group's early lineup, the songs are a bit too slow and heavy.
  18. 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. Full Review »