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Evening Sessions 1986-1994

Q Magazine, September, 1997

THE WEDDING PRESENT
Evening Sessions 1986-1994
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As incongruous as it may seem, The Wedding Present are one of the country's most enduring indie bands, 1997 signifying their 12th year together. Although bestowed with a loyal cult following and occasional mainstream success, the biggest gripe against them is that all their songs sound the same. And, yes, as this collection of Radio 1 sessions amply confirms, indeed they do. Practically every song features extended - and very tinny - guitar solos, intermittently broken up with David Gedge singing gruffly about his inability to keep his woman a) happy, and b) faithful. And yet they remain a sweetly endearing proposition, a kind of Nick Hornby version of pop who, despite their best of efforts, are constricted by their very ordinariness. **

Nick Duerden

   
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