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Love What You DO #2 [Single, Maxi]

The Divine Comedy Audio CD
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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 (26 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B000BRI6X0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Change of Style 21 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the Divine Comedy's first single on their new record label, which sees a marked change in musical direction which attempts to fit in more with the broader tastes of the music industry. Not a single that we would typically expect from the band (galloping drum beats, sweeping over-the-top arrangements - 'something for the weekend', 'generation sex' being prime examples), but more chilled out with none of the irony that we normally associate with Neil Hannon's singles. Even his vocal style is more reminiscent of Radiohead's Thome Yorke than what we've come to expect (the chrorus in particular has that oddly calming droney quality).
That is not to say the Divine Comedy have abandoned their previous style completely, with serene percussion arrangements and a pretty nice base-line, which glides to different keys throughout, that we'd normally expect from the band.
Overall, this single is pretty impressive, remaining lyrically upbeat despite its mellow sound. It shows great versatility in the way one of the most under-rated bands this past decacade is able to shift effortlessly from the over-the-top style of previous efforts to the more chilled out atmosphere that surrounds this single. All in all a nice, and hopefully sucessful, change in direction which should see the Divine Comedy reach out to even more people than it has managed to grasp before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEYOND MERE TECHNICAL QUIBBLES 10 Feb 2010
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
ORDINARY WORLD by Duran Duran, DUEL by Propaganda, CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' by The Mamas and the Papas, ELEANOR RIGBY by The Beatles and THE HINDU TIMES by Oasis. Just add LOVE WHAT YOU DO by THE DIVINE COMEDY and you have my six all-time favourite pop songs, each having fused perfectly with my musical taste-buds.

The last not without a fight, however. The production here is just plain odd and leaves more than a bit to be desired. For example, the subtlety of Neil Hannon's guitar is smothered under the dead weight of progressively overwrought keyboards. The sonic sledgehammering even extends to the carefully layered backing vocals of the final verse, leaving them so low in the mix as to be almost unnoticeable. Must have been some day at the studio.

Thankfully, time has done its thing and pushed Love What You Do way beyond mere technical quibbles. Now it's simply a brilliant song, sung beautifully, with a lyric that has considerable depth.

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