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  • Audio CD (19 Aug. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Setanta
  • ASIN: B000024AB5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Catalogue number SET CD 11 on the Setanta label with 13 tracks and an 8 page (16 side) front insert lyric booklet.

Before Neil Hannon turned into the swaggering parodic cabaret artist of "National Express" and "Something For The Weekend", he used to sit alone in his parents' house in Londonderry, all hay-fevery and wheezy, and write delicate piano songs about the local girls, imaginary girls and Parisienne ballerinas. As a consequence, his first three albums--Fanfare For The Common Muse, Liberation and Promenade--are as lovely as Easter morning: all harpsichord half-minuettes, and gorgeous melodies as small and warm and perfect as a wren's egg. The Michael Nyman fixation was showing through, but so was a nascent interest in shoe-gazing: the ravishing "Lucy" is a Wordsworth poem set to a Cocteau Twins-esque FX swirl, and quite possibly one of the loveliest things he's ever recorded. These were the years Hannon sounded like a virgin, in the best possible way. --Caitlan Moran

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By riteofspring on 16 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a day in the life, or a life in a day, of two lovers from the early morning bath to the midnight dream. It is also utterly beautiful.
Hannon is by now into his lyrical stride, whimsical yet unfathomably deep. Rarely do you encounter words so pure and full of meaning, each phrase lovingly crafted to perfection. The cynical (yet brilliant) cad of Casanova has yet to become the main attraction, and only surfaces occasionally to garnish the proceedings with humour and realism.
The music is similarly richly layered, coloured with classical shades, yet accessible. Each track sets the mood to emote the specific scene, with orchestral flurries, atmospheric backing vocals, soft piano interludes and a sound rhythm section.
This isn't just one of the Divine Comedy's greatest recordings, it is one of history's greatest musical moments. The moral of the tale is live today, for there might be no tomorrow; no God, no second chance. Amen to that.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
There is something quite grand, about The divine comedy. Wether it is the seemingly infinate array of instruments implemented in the music, Hannon's powerful, yet subtley sweet voice or maybe it's the delicious lyrics. Lyrics with depth, and hidden layers that resonate more with every listen, lyrics that, (to quote Graham Lineham) "...make the English language flip like a clown's dog." All woven into a rich tapestry of epic music. So how can anything so grand, at the same time manage to whisper such sweet songs of sadness? Much like previous album 'Liberation', Hannon portrays a certain sense of cynisism in his lyrics, any yet directly combines this with snatches of dry wit and enlightened humour. Hannon is a master if this forte', all of his albums are monumental masterpieces, so romantic and poetic one must silently curse the music industry for overlooking them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Confuseius on 11 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
“Concept album” … the phrase is enough to make you shiver and brings to mind self-important, over-blown artists disappearing up their own nether-regions in an epic quest to produce the “ultimate” record.
Fortunately, “Promenade” is a concept album that suffers from none of these things.
Loosely built around a love story that is Enid Blyton in feel, epic in scope and even Greek in its hint of tragedy, it’s as if The Famous Five were let loose in a music school and came up with a haphazard masterpiece.
This is pure joyous pop music, but from a bygone era – this is pop at it’s best, in the sense that “pop” meant before it referred to manufactured pap: short, catchy, tuneful, hummable, glorious songs; songs that you can play to your children or grandparents without shame; songs that stay in your mind and make your life richer by their mere existence.
There’s strings, there’s pianos, there’s arty film quotes; there’s “quintessentially English” phrases (“If it ain't some young Turk in search of a fight”); there’s charmingly inoffensive jingoism (“There'll aaaalllwaaays be an England (oh yes there will)”); there’s yearning for the lost innocence of childhood that feels like a message from a pre-politically correct, paedophile-obsessed era (The Summerhouse - “Daring escapes at midnight / And costume-less babes at dawn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grr VINE VOICE on 2 July 2010
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Promenade, DC's second album proper, is easily his masterpiece. Considering the quality of his other recordings this is lavish praise indeed but wholeheartedly deserved. Covering `A Day in the Life' or, if you prefer, `Life In a Day', this album consistently delivers great tune after tune, brilliantly balancing the two personas of Neil Hannon - the foppish humourist and the heartstring tugging, epic balladeer

1. Bath - A slow, atmospheric start falls neatly into a jaunty and happy tune about the joys of, well, taking a bath. A great opener. (9)

2. Going Downhill Fast - The first absolute classic, an excited man rides his bicycle on his way to his lover. It is stirring, happy and the music beautifully evokes the feeling of travel. If only it were a longer song! (10)

3. The Booklovers - Unquestionably a curio and novelty but one that I have never tired of despite having owned and loved this album for over a decade. Essentially a roll call of literary heavyweights who respond in fairly bizarre ways to their names. Shouldn't work, does. (9)

4. A Seafood Song - Does what it says on the tin this one, a song about the joys of eating seafood. Although it is undeniably silly, the music is so good the songs lives on long after the humour is exhausted. (9)

5. Geronimo - A short, achingly beautiful song about a couple getting caught in a downpour. (10)

6. Don't Look Down - I struggle to think of any other songwriter who could compose a song like this. A nervous man on a Ferris wheel realises that he loves his companion and then ends up having a debate with God. Funny, touching and quite brilliant. (10)

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