On the original album, The Girl From The DDR was a slightly cloying mid-tempo number, but here it finds its true vocation as a sweeping, string-laden number that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the last Dexys record. Back A Bit… Stop – a frenetic banger on the 2012 album – is transformed into suave disco-lite. On The Wedding Present’s album, Mystery Date was a noisy, guitar-crunching epic; Cinerama’s take is a pared-down piano ballad.
Taken as a whole, though, Cinerama’s Valentina is the inferior work. The Wedding Present might be the Greenwich Mean Time of indie rock bands – dependable, unchanging – but they’ve always been adept at avoiding musical stagnation. On Valentina, The Wedding Present’s twitchy tempo changes and agitated guitars acted as the perfect backdrop to Gedge’s typically neurotic outpourings on love.