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how many times can David Gedge have his heart broken?
on 8 April 2005
David Gedge writes romantic songs. Not Barry-White-silk-sheets romantic, nor Jacques-Brel-gauloise romantic, and definitely not boy-band-xmas-single romantic. Gedge's songs are a kind of realistic romanticism - he can turn a one-night stand into a self-deprecating tale of regret and recrimination (Interstate 5), he can capture that story of a relationship which never really takes off, but does just enough to survive until someone calls time (I'm from Further North than You). He has a very English self-deprecation (even though many of the tracks on this album are tales from America, where it was recorded), and he is fascinated with the mundane but telling exchanges which more often mark a relationship than the big bust-ups and make-ups.
His Cinerama period turned out some real gems (check out Apres Ski, Manhattan, Crusoe), but now he's back with that trademark buzzing guitar sound which marked the Weddoe's early incarnation. The guitars are not as heavy as the early stuff, the lyrics are more to the forefront (as they were in Cinerama). This is ... hateful term... a mature album, by someone whose songs are sometimes painfully honest, gently self-mocking, rueful, yet ultimately positive stories from someone who dares to hope, to love.
So will Take Fountain reach beyond nostalgic 30-somethings who danced to My Favourite Dress in the eighties? It deserves to - the Weddoes were dismissed too often as a one-trick pony in the past, but you can't help but be impressed by Gedge's sheer talent on this album. It's about time the Wedding Present were fashionable again. If only to give David Gedge the chance to have his heart broken again, just in time for another album's worth of material.
So sorry Dave - good luck with the album and all that, but here's to more heart-break to come... we need the music!