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on 14 October 2000
It may seem odd, but my introduction to the Wedding present came via my old Biology teacher who had a dalliance with Mr Gedge many many years ago, unlike her i have grown to appeciate his talents more as the years have gone on. Disco Volante is a superb CD, it can make you happy when sad, sad when happy and more than anything it can make you smile and hum along. Buy it! if only to pull funny faces to as you scream along to 'WoW' in the car in the same way you did to 'kennedy' back in the day. It will get in your head and disrupt your studies or meetings and for that reason alone it needs to be heard.
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on 2 October 2000
Following on from the brilliant Va Va Voom. Gedge delivers even more mellow and 'can't stop humming that tune' songs. From the single 'Lollobrigida' to the wonderful 'Apres ski' this is a marvellous album.
This release may just be a continuation from where he left off on 'Va Va Voom', but David Gedge tells us in 'Your time starts now' - "Yeah I've heard it all before, No, I don't care anymore" and I couldn't agree more!
Buy this album now!
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on 9 September 2004
This is my first venture into 'Cinerama' after being a fan of Gedges previous work. I am now please to declare that this album it great.
It's easy to view it as an alternative slant on 'The Wedding Present'. It's a very different sound, but with the presence of David Gedges distinct vocals its impossible not to see it as 'The Wedding Present' re-defined. With 'Cinerama' Gedges voice has lost some of its harsh edges, but without diminishing its distinct uniqueness.
Many excellent tracks on the album, especially 'Your Charms' and 'Lollobrigida', with its continental feel. The tracks are certainly far removed from 'Brass Neck', 'Felicity' etc, but they are no less refreshing to an old 'Wedding Present' fan like me. Its good to know that Gedge is still producing high quality tunes for us. I look forward to listening to Torrino etc
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on 17 October 2001
A long-time Wedding Present devotee, this was nevertheless my first introduction to Cinerama. Doubtless some will find this material a bit too derivative in places (of Pulp and to a lesser extent the Devine Comedy). Nevertheless there are simply too many great songs on 'Disco Volante' to leave you unconverted for long.
I agree with the last reviewer that the stand-out track is the infectious 'Your Charms' - a shiny gem of a song that is worth the price of admission on its own, as they say. NOBODY writes world-weary love songs like the boy David Gedge, and this is up there with his best efforts. Overall, definitely worth a look.
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on 21 November 2000
That Dave Gedge who cannot sing a note? Some sort of voice-transplant must have occurred. A powerful selection of mainly feelgood songs, with a rough edge, though not quite so rough as the Wedding Present. He even hits the high notes perfectly.
Still as lyrically perfect as ever, with a somewhat Pulp sounding influence - both in words and music. Certainly, there are 3 only other people who can get away with such bizarre lyrics: Jarvis Cocker, David Byrne, and to a less arty extent, Shaun Ryder.
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on 25 September 2000
This album is really well recorded (by Steve Albini) and the gorgeous arrangements add depth to David Gedge's love songs. Lyrically, he is getting a bit pervy in his old age though!
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on 18 September 2000
Since the release of George Best, by the Wedding Present, in 1987 I have loved the song crafting of David Gedge. Like Va Va Voom (1998), Disco Volante is one of the most listenable albums to come from this master of the witty & wry love song. I saw them play live in Amsterdam in January 99 and they blew main act of the stage! This new recording whets the appetite for a good live performance. Buy this album now!
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