Gedge has long since loosened his constricted croon, either due to a less affected mood or simply the fact that he's getting older. Ironically, his voice is less melodramatic when the music becomes more so. Take Fountain displays plenty of this kind of maturity, both good (melodically complex, bittersweet lyrics) and bad (distended songs, too much studio wankery). But perfect moments, like the swelling waltz of "Don't Touch That Dial" and the head-bobbing "Always the Quiet One," prove that Gedge is a master of the kind of clever pop that still doesn't have a chance on the charts here -- '90s revival or not.
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