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Still forever on the wrong end of a dissolving relationship, Hefner watch out  the king of indie heartbreak is back...

The band name might change, he might have girlfriend Sally Murrell in the line-up to add frisson to his tales of romantic misadventure, but David Gedge's story remains essentially the same. Still forever on the wrong end of a dissolving relationship, Hefner watch out - the king of indie heartbreak is back.



True, Cinerama are smoother and more elegant than The Wedding Present, with songs like 'Hard Fast & Beautiful' adding a Dubstar-ish sheen, while newie 'King's Cross' briefly swells like The Verve being dumped at a bus stop. But lurking behind it all, the jangle is still very much in evidence. And all the new musical elements he's added compete with the jangle like a wet slap competes with a clenched fist.



There is a key moment though, that gets to the heart of his appeal. It comes as he retires behind a keyboard and lets his other half sing. Essentially the same musically as all that has gone before, it proves at least 95 per cent of Cinerama's charm lies in the gruffly stoical Gedge.



The Wedding Present might be gathering dust, but Cupid's dogged fall guy just keeps on rolling with the punches.
6 / 10

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