The Wedding Present – El Rey

May 27, 2008

El Rey, the new album from UK based band the Wedding Present, fronted by David Gedge, is a collection of forceful, often very witty rock and power pop, given extra muscle by producer Steve Albini, who punches up the drums and bass until they’re recalling Nirvana on In Utero. This latter quality is both good and bad, bad because some of the songs start to run into each other, musically sounding very similar. There are enough good tracks here, though, for El Rey to more than merit a listen, especially for Wedding Present and Cinerama (Gedge’s other band) fans. Standout cuts: “Santa Anna Winds,” “I Lost The Monkey,” “The Thing I Like The Best About Him Is His Girlfriend” and “Boo Boo.”


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