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Valentina

The Wedding Present

Valentina

The first album in four years from the indie veterans from Leeds

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
Scopitones
UK Release date
19/03/2012
US Release date
13/03/2012
  1. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Older, wiser, maybe a little less caustic in the execution - but as still sharp as a knife
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  2. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The same old wonderful stuff from one of our finest songwriters
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  3. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Give it a spin and you might find yourself doing what Gedge can make you do better than anyone since The Smiths called it quits: Laughing and crying at the same time
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  4. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Throughout Valentina, and especially on ‘End Credits’, the Wedding Present’s new streamlined and sinewy delivery certainly has something of The Fall to it
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  5. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Gedge continues to triumph, even if the same can’t be said for his love life
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  6. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    An album that fits perfectly into the exalted canon of one the best British indie bands of the last three decades
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  7. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Shows that once you’ve got a good thing going, it’s hard to get enough it
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  8. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Crossing between trademark WP literate indie pop, a dab of cathartic white noise and even an odd Germanic twist
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  9. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Here you have it, another iteration of The Wedding Present, a bona fide institution at this point, and not one to rest on those laurels—vital as ever
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  10. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Essentially Gedge and his current sidemen doing a very solid impression of the Wedding Present as they were circa 1990
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  11. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Gedge’s droll lyrics and delivery stay put, and his undiminished knack for skewering cliché ensures even Valentina’s less distinctive tracks hit home
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  12. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Three or four candidates for an updated greatest hits package is not a bad hit rate. Print edition only

  13. 6.0 |   Uncut

    The more they change, the more they stay the same. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   Blurt

    While this isn't going to make you toss your copy of George Best, it shows the guy still has some gas left in his tank and is far from embarrassing himself
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  15. 6.0 |   DIY

    In isolation, the album is occasionally striking, with a jocular streak, but set against a fine early body of work, it suffers by comparison
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  16. 5.5 |   Prefix

    Valentina does well enough to re-affirm the Wedding Present’s dependability and workmanlike songwriting
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