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

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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, [a]Cinerama[/a] 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 [a]Cinerama[/a]’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.