Release Date: Feb 15, 2005
Record label: Manifesto / Scopitones
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Break-up albums are often about as much fun as the final throes of the relationship they lament. But this painful goodbye is cause for celebration. This is the group's first release under the Wedding Present moniker since 1997, and the personnel are largely new: only David Gedge and Simon Cleave appeared on the previous album. The music, though, is a glorious union of Gedge's romantic past and his latter-day pursuit of lust, as explored by the eclectic Cinerama.
From the start, Cinerama was not a drastic diversion from the Wedding Present. David Gedge rounded off whatever remaining edges were left in the Weddoes' sound and developed a crack chamber pop group. Softer songs off Watusi and Saturnalia, such as "Catwoman," "2, 3 Go," and "Real Thing," dropped hints. Gedge's gruff yelps vanished, replaced by bedroom whispers; roaring electric guitars were swapped out for delicate acoustic strums, with extensive use of strings, brass, woodwinds, and keyboards.