Cinerama - Torino
‰Û÷Torino‰۪ was the third album from David Gedge‰۪s Cinerama project, originally released on CD only in 2002. This is the first time that the album has been released on vinyl and it contains bonus tracks recorded for an American radio station. ‰ÛÏCinerama are escaping the shadow of Gedge‰۪s illustrious indie-legend past. Torino is a giant beast of adulterous lyrical fantasies, cult soundtrack flourishes and the screams of Albini-engineered guitars‰ [Uncut]. Featuring thirteen songs on the subject of sex and relationships, this is practically a concept album. As ever it‰۪s the detail that roots the songs in reality and makes them so believable ‰ÛÒ the illicit meals paid for by credit card, the loose strands of hair falling across her face, the winter nights by the fire talking, or watching her remove last night‰۪s make-up after he just spent the night. In particular ‰Û÷Health And Efficiency‰۪ is a classic in anybody‰۪s book. A peculiarly structured two-verse two-chorus lush string-laden epic that rises to a climax of guitar-noise, it‰۪s a wistful look back at looking forwards to being thirty that sets a scene with extraordinary presence. If it doesn‰۪t take you right back to your first proper relationship, then you‰۪ve got no soul. The album, which was partly recorded by Steve Albini in Chicago, and partly by Dare Mason in Liverpool and Cornwall, continues where its predecessor, Disco Volante left off. The impressive cinematic backdrop is still there, but this time the strings, flute, orchestral brass are used to enhance a far edgier, darker sound, as Gedge employs the layered guitar noise that brought his previous band, The Wedding Present, to life.