This is a repressing of ‘Bizarro’ – now back on its original label, RCA Records.
The track-listing is the same as it was in 1989 [see below]. The only difference this time is that the LP now comes with download codes.
Track-listing: Brassneck / Crushed / No / Thanks / Kennedy / What Have I Said Now? / Granadaland / Bewitched / Take Me! / Be Honest
Unfortunately, David Gedge was not consulted during the re-design of the cover for this re-release and, as a result, the colours of the new sleeve do not exactly match the original. The music is all fine, however!
‘Bizarro’ [“Simply unbeatable” – Melody Maker] was the second studio album by The Wedding Present and features their first two hit singles ‘Kennedy’ and ‘Brassneck’.
‘Bizarro’ reviewed by AllMusic :
“The Wedding Present’s second proper studio album, ‘Bizarro’, [RCA Records, 1989] cut down a bit on the frenetic jangle that the band had been known for in its early days and replaced it with healthy doses of darkness and power. Adding some fuzzy, crunchy, distortion to give the guitars some hefty impact, slowing the tempos down to speeds that allowed vocalist David Gedge to squeeze more heartbroken despair and bleak sarcasm out of every line and generally upping their game in every way, the album was the fullest realization of The Wedding Present’s sound yet. Leading off with the unstoppably hooky ‘Brassneck’ which features a brilliant Gedge reading of lines that rhyme “grow up” and “throw up”, the album plays like a collection of thematically related singles. The most single-y among them is ‘Kennedy’ which has some brilliant sing-along lyrics and an intensely dramatic guitar strum build-up that crescendos into a maelstrom of sound. The rest of the record isn’t far behind; whether it’s the sparse ‘What Have I Said Now?’ or the slowly grinding ‘Bewitched’ one could extract any song and it would feel like a highlight… even the epic-length ‘Take Me!’ which closes the album in a fury of strums, drum fills and chugging bass that builds and builds until it seems like the song is going to levitate and take the listener right along with it. The Wedding Present didn’t necessarily need to improve their already winning template, but they did, and it pays off big time on ‘Bizarro’.”
David Gedge says “‘Bizarro’ was our second album and you can hear on it how much we had learned from the experience of recording our debut, ‘George Best’. You only have to listen to something like ‘Bewitched’ to notice that there’s much more in the way of texture and depth on ‘Bizarro’. We’d just improved as songwriters and arrangers, basically. It’s no less frenetic a record, though!”