Prolific in the early days of their 20-plus year career, this is only the second album from British band the Wedding Present since the turn of the century. Frontman David Gedge wrote the album while living in Los Angeles, and many of the songs reference California either in their titles (“Spider-Man on Hollywood,” “Santa Ana Winds”) or in mindset (“Model, Actress, Whatever”).

Still, the album is unmistakably British: “Boo Boo” sizzles with an understated angst that recalls the writing style of Ray Davies (the Kinks), and “Palisades” is not unlike something the Cure might do. But the Wedding Present has been around long enough to have their own distinct sound, and therein lie two hallmarks; down-tempo music and matching under-his-breath, half-spoken vocals from Gedge.

Grade: B

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