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The Wedding Present s eighth studio album, Valentina, comes four years after 2008 s critically acclaimed El Rey. Recorded in the wilds of France, the suburbs of Los Angeles and the lanes of Brighton... it shimmers with near perfection. The ten track Valentina rumbles in with the crunchy statement track You re Dead vibrating with familiar overdriven guitars and Gedge s words dripping with finality. You Jane comes next; a rhythmic rock n roll treat, laden with forlorn wanting... and letting the thing you love go free. The record was mixed by the legendary producer Andrew Scheps who adds The Wedding Present to an impressive list of clients such as Adele, Iggy Pop and Johnny Cash. It has been said that Scheps production adds a live feel to the recording while retaining the power of the band. Unsurprisingly, there is no filler on this album... each track has its own distinct atmosphere and David Gedge s lyrics explore the same beginning and ending of relationship material, but with his ever-fresh take on the highs and lows of a lovelife. Back A Bit... Stop, another high point, is The Wedding Present at their pop-guitar best... driven by a delightfully overdriven bass line... and punctuated by what can only be called a drum performance . And, at the end of the record, Mystery Date twinkles and lilts... tricking you into thinking that it s going to be a soft story of the very beginnings of love... but then absolutely thunders in with a cacophony of tempo changes and soaring guitars... leaving you gasping for breath as a Japanese voiceover trails on...The Wedding Present have found the best recording studio, the best mixing engineer and the best set of songs to complete what may very well be their best album to date.
Quite possibly their best album? It may well be. Stunning collection of songs. All 3 of their so called 'comeback' albums have been great but this one is a stunner! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Doctor Dr X
Better than el rey but not as good as any other wedding present offering.Published 5 months ago by simon
For the first couple of listens, I was not swept away to be honest. But then, suddenly, I just couldn't get enough. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2013 by T. Godfrey
I recently purchased valentina as a present for my husband after seeing the band live on tour. We have been big fans for many years and this album is an excellent example of their... Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2013 by ferngirl
I can't say I agree with people who don't think this is as good as the early albums. One of the great things about The Wedding Present is that they do evolve, yet retain the... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2013 by Borolefty
I recently returned to the Wedding Present after a long absence. The original 80's albums remain classics. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by andrewS
Wedding Present back on top - great range of songs - with good arrangements.
Would recommend this album to all WP fans and new people too. Read more