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Perennial warhorses of '80s and '90s British indie they may have been, the reformed Wedding Present are a more pleasing and accessible proposition since leader David Gedge's move to California in 2006. El Rey paints from a much broader palette than past records, borrowing riffs from Dinosaur Jr., harmonies from the young R.E.M. and lyrical wit from Dave Grohl.
“Spiderman On Hollywood” is a catalogue of freakish sights viewed from the window of his new home, while “Model, Actress, Whatever” wrings a few jokes from the questionable practice of cyber-stalking (“When I stare at you/ It's just a jpeg, I have a few”). Female bassist Terry de Castro (a mainstay of Gedge's other band, Cinerama) offers more light and shade, her lead vocal on “Swingers” adding a touch of Nancy Sinatra slinkiness. Steve Albini's unfussy production brings focus to a set of intriguing songs that rank as high watermarks in the group's busy canon.