- Audio CD (27 Oct. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD+DVD, Box set
- Label: Demon Music Group
- ASIN: B00EAM7SA4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Bizarro was the second Wedding Present album, originally released in 1989. The band's first album on a major label, Bizarro saw The Wedding Present toughening up rather than selling out. Toying with extremes of tempo and mood, the result was a vibrant hybrid of astringency and the band's quintessential pop euphoria. The 3CD + DVD Expanded Edition includes the original album remastered, non-album single tracks, bonus tracks, BBC sessions and a live concert recording from Germany plus promo videos, live & studio footage & a new acoustic version of ‘Thanks’ accompanying an interview with David Gedge discussing the album. All the content is housed in a hardback book which includes lyrics, imagery and memorabilia scans and extended notes.
Top Customer Reviews
I can't really put my finger on what it is about this album that makes me want to keep playing it but many, many albums have come and gone since I originally bought this one, some of which I thought I would never tire of, and yet Bizarro is still top of the pile.
From the opening intro' of "Brassneck", through the haunting lyrics of "What Have I Said Now?" to the near seven-minute guitar-led instrumental of "Take Me", every track seems to be so strong and nothing carries that over-produced sound so common nowadays. In saying that my favourite track is "Unfaithful", one of the extras on this version of the album, which carries some of Dave Gedges trademark cutting lyrics so common throughout Wedding Present tunes.
Ok, so Martin Stephenson and the Daintee's "Boat to Bolivia" comes close, but for me Bizarro is THE album I want to grow old with and as I happily enter middle-age it is still hitting the spot. My kids love it, I love it and my wife even likes a couple of tracks - proof positive if it is ever needed.
I tell you, I'll be dancing around the residential home to this in twenty-odd years time!
The additional tracks include some great tracks too, although the overall effect may be quite hard work for a first-time listener. Program your CD to play the first 10, turn it up loud, stick with it, and you will be richly rewarded.
For me it sets the benchmark for blokes with guitars, amps that go all the way up to 11 and a story to tell.
Buy it, play it. Love it.
The pace is relentless and tracks like 'Crushed' and 'Granadaland' blister along at breakneck speed. The chiming/thrashing/rasping guitars and the simple yet completely effective bass lines make this album. Put that with Dave Gedge's lovesick lyrics and vocals and you have a winner from beginning to end.
If you've ever liked the Weddoes (Brassneck and Kennedy on here were also damn fine singles) buy don't own this album, you should!!!
"Kennedy," sprawls on and on, jangling along busily. My favourite track on the album is probably,"Bewtiched," this is something of a benchmark for the work on Seamonsters, the lyrics are a little more brooding and I love the sound of the rhythm section on this. "Take me," is the most optimistic song on the record, it fizzes along uncontrolably.
The new re-vamped version is great. All the bonus tracks are worth their salt. The sleeve notes are interesting and help put the record in the context of the music scene at the time of it´s release.
This record shows how The Wedding Present developed a heavier, loudy style. Somehow they never lose their terrific tunefulness. Class
If you are a fan of the newer Wedding Present stuff, like some guitar based indie, appreciate good song writing, are nostalgic for their (sonic) youth then I recommend giving this a go. The copy I now have has bonus tracks as well! Result..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great 2nd studio album.NO =WHAT HAVE I SAID NOW? =GRANADALAND.the best of a great album.Published 11 months ago by bill thorne
ive climbed mountains with this playing on my phones. i discovered them by accident while recording a radio interview with early oasis and ran over into the john peel show. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ste
Fabulous indie rock album from the Weddoes as they are affectionately known. If you like them then you will love and probably already have this so not sure why i am writing... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by Philip E. S. Price
An absolute gem of a record, if it had been released a year or so earlier it would have been huge; but the success of the Happy Mondays and Stone Roses left this album below the... Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2013 by J. Casey
One of my all time favorite albums. I brought it went it first came out and used to listen to it on my Walkman all the time. Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2013 by purinejockey