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NEIL Hannon claims to have written The Divine Comedy’s triumphant ninth album, “Victory For The Comic Muse”, more or less by accident. After touring extensively on the back of 2004’s “Absent Friends”, Hannon found himself, once back home in Dublin with his family, suffering the ennui common to those who’ve endured an intense period of being forced to ... Read more in Amazon's The Divine Comedy Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Divine Comedy Records
  • ASIN: B003ES5A2I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Down In The Street Below
2. The Complete Banker
3. Neapolitan Girl
4. Bang Goes The Knighthood
5. At The Indie Disco
6. Have You Ever Been In Love
7. Assume The Perpendicular
8. The Lost Art Of Conversation
9. Island Life
10. When A Man Cries
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Amsterdam
2. L'Amour est Bleu
3. Poupee de Cire
4. Les Playboys
5. The Songs That We Sing
6. Les Copains d'Abord
7. Anita Pettersen
8. Joe Le Taxi
9. Je Changerais d'Avis

Product Description

Tenth studio album by the Northern Irish alternative pop/rock group, featuring the single 'At the Indie Disco'. This special edition includes a bonus CD which features nine live tracks from the band's 2008 gig at Cite de la Musique in Paris.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Good Wolf on 29 May 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I listened to this album through in its entirety three times on the first day I had it. Can't remember the last time I did that. It has a different sound to his last few albums, or indeed, any of his albums (but it probably sounds a bit more like his earlier stuff in that it's more playful, perhaps). It's more poppy than the last few, funnier, and perhaps a bit more adventurous, which is maybe due to less reliance on an orchestra. And the pictures and stories he manages to paint with his lyrics and his music are as strong here as they've ever been, if not more so. "Down in the Street Below" is simply beautiful. "Neapolitan Girl" is fast and bouncy with a dark undercurrent. "Island Life" is soaring and tranquil. It has a more coherent sound than the last Divine Comedy album, and you get the impression that Neil Hannon is simply happier these days and making the kind of music that's closest to his heart, after some quite sombre albums over the last decade.

There's one bit on the album that's bound to divide opinion, though... you'll know it the second you hear it!

One of the main feelings after listening is that there's certainly nobody else making music like this these days. It sounds entirely different to anything else, so in that respect he's carved a lovely little niche for himself. After all, what other modern artist would create a song that includes the line "Ben's impressed by the buttresses thrust up the chapel nave"? Well done, Mr. H.

I wouldn't pay much attention to the "BBC Review" that Amazon has put up, by the way, which seems to spectacularly miss the point of it all. Indie Disco isn't a "swipe" at anything - it's pretty obviously an affectionate song. It's a shame that someone with a clear dislike of Hannon's quirky style becomes the 'official' voice of Amazon's product page.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have been a long term DC fan, and feel compelled to write this as I feel strangely protective of Mr Hannon and his work. Firstly, why is Amazon putting the BBC review so prominently? I agree with a fellow reviewer in that you should ignore it. I have listened to this a number of times already and there is much to enjoy. As ever, he maintains the high standard he has set on previous albums. I personally can think of no one else who consistently displays anywhere near his level of song-writing and lyrical skill. To be honest if he did another concept album about licking postage stamps I would buy it, knowing I would get more out of that album than most others.

As an aside, my wife is Polish and she is a big fan to (they are into intense lyrics) as she says he is one of the few singers whom she can actually understand what he is singing about. That concludes my review, such as it is, as it was always going to be somewhat biased.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lady Lavender on 4 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It happens every time. I listen to TDC's new album and think, "Oh it isn't as good as... insert name of previous album ..." Then I listen to it again and the songs begin to get under my skin and a week later I am playing the bloody thing to death.

I don't know how you do it Neil but I'm glad you do! :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Secret Scribe on 30 Aug. 2010
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Looking at some of these reviews, there's a lot of people who appear to take this musician and his records a little too seriously for their own good. The whole point of the Divine Comedy was about reflecting on the entwined pathos and humour that is life, but not to linger unhealthily to the extent of wallowing in navel-gazing! Sure, the classical arrangements can be complex and are clearly part of what sets Neil Hannon's music apart from the everyday. So are the clever,occasionally linguistically challenging and tongue-twisting lyrics, so much so that Hannon increasingly has a hard time remembering them on the night (witness the recent solo Somerset House concert, which he still managed to sail through, thanks to ad-libbing and terrific rapport with the audience). That's not going to get any easier, but it's his own fault for being drawn to the whimsical and literary...

Because of the aforementioned complexity (particularly evident on earlier albums, where Hannon was honing his craft)it might not occur to some reviewers that on tracks like 'The Complete Banker', he was actually angry and wanted to make a statement as blunt and crass as the behaviour of his lampoon targets - so the music hall crudeness is apposite. While 'At the Indie Disco' was intended as nothing more or less than a fond and simple nostalgia trip for people of a certain age (not an attempt to be snide at anyone). Again, reviewers with a humour bypass are always going to miss the fun and frolic projected by tracks like 'Assume the Perpendicular', 'The Lost Art of Conversation', 'I Like', 'Island Life' and 'Can You Stand Upon One Leg?' (He is allowed a track dedicated to his little daughter, no?!). Equally, it is a rare talent that can match such a jaunty upbeat melody as 'Neapolitan Girl' with such dark humour.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grr VINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A new Divine Comedy release is always somethign to get excited about. Surely Neil Hannon is the most underrated artist about at present? This latest album is not his most immediately accessible offering - indeed, I was quite underwhlemed at first listen but there is much to savour should you persevere.Should you be huge fan of DC and Mr Hannon, this is still utterly essential.

1. Down In the Street Below - Suitably epic sounding opener detailing a mans doubts that his relationship is the right thing. Catchy and grounded in reality. (9)

2. The Complete Banker - yes, it is a bit juvenile but this is sharp, insanely enjoyable and boombastic. A great Broadway sounding tune about the depression. The first one I got stuck in my head (9)

3. Neapolitan Girl - This is what Neil Hannon does better than anyone else, a jaunty, toe tapper with dark, dark lyrics. Quite brilliant (10)

4. Bang Goes the Knighthood - Bit of a let down, an obvious idea given a fairly tame treatment. Still enjoyable but the first ho-hum song. (6)

5. At The Indie Disco - The BBC review that Amazon have, for reasons best known to themselves, listed here would have you beleive that this is a cynical sneer at indie kids out clubbing. I disagree, I think this a spot on and sentimental view of a scene - one that I grew up in and first heard Divine Comedy records at! (9)

6. Have You Ever Been In Love - This is the kind of sweeping, uplifting ballad-ish sort of song that The Divine Comedy do so well. This is great but suffers in comparison to other efforts on earlier albums (8)

7. Assume The Perpindicular - a song about admiring the unusual architecture of National Trust properties.
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