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.