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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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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Euro Parrot
  • ASIN: B0000260DM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Something for the Weekend 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Becoming More Like Alfie 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Middle-Class Heroes 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. In & Out of Paris & London 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Songs of Love 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Frog Princess 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Woman of the World 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Through A Long & Sleepless Night 6:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Theme From Casanova 5:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Dogs & The Horses 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 

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1. Something for the Weekend 2. Becoming More Like Alfie 3. Middle-Class Heroes 4. In & Out of Paris & London 5. Charge 6. Songs of Love 7. The Frog Princess 8. A Woman of the World 9. Through A Long & Sleepless Night 10. Theme From Casanova 11. The Dogs & The Horses

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'd always been a fan of the singles The Divine Comedy had released in a vague 'Oh I like that' when it was played on the radio kind of way but never got round to buying any of their albums.
Recently I decided to update my cd collection with something of theirs but had no idea which album to get. I trawled through tons of reviews on the net and the concensus seemed to be that this is their best album.
Now I have 'Casanova' and 'Fin de Siecle' I can at least make some sort of judgement and I think this is an amazing album. Normally albums take a while to grow on me...first listening..hmmm a bit disappointing but gradually they get better. Not in this case! I liked this album from first listening and it just gets better and better with subsequent airings.
The lyrics are slick, humerous, witty and sharp - the music swells with orchesteral pop. Each song is a story told through the lyrics and the music. My favourites would have to be "Becoming more like Alfie" and "The Frog Princess".
Warning: If you listen to this CD at work be careful about head nodding along to it and laughing at the lyrics!
Haven't got a Divine Comedy CD but want one? Get this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "drummer901" on 1 Jun 2004
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I've been listening to a lot of new music recently, and I'm starting to get cynical. After hearing Ben Folds' superb cover of 'Songs Of Love' I opted to check out The Divine Comedy, and after seeking advice from the reviews on this site, purchased 'Cassonva'. How could I possibly be cynical about this - its removed every pecimistic bone in my body. Refreshingly orchestral, ambitious and yet still witty, and deeply human, this is a masterpiece completely beyond my wildest exceptions and at the moment my favourite album in the whole world - wow!
Its not my place to pick out highlights for you, because you (thats everybody) should buy this album and go through that joyeus phase of being hit by special moments yourselves. But, if you insist, 'Through a long and sleepless night' is the best Track 9 I've ever heard on an album - uplifting and angsty, its the storm before the concluding calm. 'The frog princess' is splendidly wry, but at the same time doubles as a great pop song, 'Songs of Love' is THE perfect love song, intelligant, dry, and a fascinatingly good melody. The whole album is rich in classics - I only wish I could find the words to do it justice.
I finish this album for the fourth time in two days, in complete awe of Neil Hannon's songwriting, and completely baffled as to why its never mentioned in these 'top 10 albums of all time' lists we see so often going around. Not that it matters, of course, in the real world, because as long as beauty such as this exists we're all extremely lucky people.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard Beenham on 10 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was the album that introduced me to the wonderfully rich world of The Divine Comedy in 1996, after hearing “The Frog Princess” on the radio. At first I thought it was Vic Reeves!
On hearing the song again it became clear to me that, although lyrically witty, it was far from the novelty record I had initially assumed it to be, and I thereby narrowly avoided the trap many people have fallen into where The Divine Comedy are concerned (although I’m sure they didn’t mistake them for Vic Reeves). Thankfully I was curious enough to find out more, and I’m so glad I did. From that point on, “Casanova” was my Walkman listening choice on the 444 bus journey between Wakefield and Bretton Hall, where I was studying at the time.
I also invested in the back catalogue - “Liberation” and “Promenade” - so I could experience Neil Hannon’s legacy in full, as well as trace the development of his music from the beginning. From that point of view, it’s an interesting journey to “Casanova”.
Apparently Hannon’s record company at the time, Setanta, funded the recording of “Casanova” with the money they had made from the release of “A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins, which probably explains the larger orchestral presence on the album than the recording budgets for the previous two albums could accommodate. This in turn would provide Hannon with the means to realise in full the grandiose vision he clearly had in mind.
And he really pulls it off in style. The influences always mentioned in the same breath as Hannon - Scott Walker, Jacques Brel, Noel Coward, perhaps even a touch of ELO - are very present indeed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By riteofspring on 27 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Divine Comedy's biggest commercial hit (thanks to the only decent thing Chris Evans ever did) pitches its stall in the midst of the battle of the sexes. More specifically, focusing on the futility of man's position in this eternal struggle. The result is an eclectic journey that showcases the Comedy's musical dexterity and Hannon at his lyrical best.
"Hello" is the opening word, as the repetitive melody of Something For The Weekend washes over you, setting the scene for a show that will satirise every aspect of male vanity and female cunning. Becoming More Like Alfie exhibits a subdued verse but a bitter-suite triumphant chorus. Middle-Class Heroes (a remake of an earlier Comedy demo with very different lyrics) is a modern day personal disaster story with a chiming hypnotic undercurrent, during which Hannon declares his intent: "wit against shit!" He proceeds to prove his point with the lyrically sublime In and Out of Paris and London eagerly pursued by Charge. Two tracks so packed full of innuendo that Kenneth Williams would have blushed. The latter sees Churchill paraphrased with the word "fight" clearly a euphemism for another "f" word, after which Barry White and the Bee Gees make an appearance, all glued together with the nursery rhyme of the spider and the fly. In my book, this is nerve and audacity, vision and brilliance on par with Oscar Wilde. It demonstrates that a humorous song, if musically good enough, does not have to be a novelty. Only Zappa before has carried this trick off so effectively. The smut gives way to the beauty of Songs Of Love and Frog Princess. Both are tender love songs, drizzled with a healthy layer of cynicism and melancholy observation.
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