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Divine Comedy - Regeneration - CD
Divine Comedy singer and songwriter Neil Hannon has always been a frustratingly erratic talent. At his best, he is a writer and singer of ballads without peer among his contemporaries, capable of producing songs, such as "The Dogs & The Horses" or "Sunrise", of which Tom Waits might be proud. At his worst, he is an insufferably smug perpetrator of bumptious novelty hits, notably the fatuous sing-along "National Express". Watching Neil Hannon's career has been a little like witnessing the spirits of Scott Walker and Jonathan King fighting for control of the same mind. Regeneration hopefully marks the point at which Walker finally triumphs: there is, happily, not a single joke, punch line or zany sound effect to found. Hannon has taken his inspiration from his previous best effort, A Short Album About Love, but replaced the rueful gloominess of that fine record with a heartfelt and touching optimism: "Perfect Lovesong" and "Love What You Do" are guilelessly joyful, and even when anger manifests itself on "Dumb It Down" and "The Beauty Regime", there is a sense of the righteousness that comes of fighting the good fight. The tunes and arrangements are exquisite throughout: Hannon is right back on form. --Andrew Mueller
There is definitely a more mainstream feel about this album which represented another change of direction and arguably a more modernistic feel about songs such as "Bad... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
the songs and lyrics are excellent and noel's voice in top form.
some of the songs are very melancholy,and sad
I admit on first listening, this album did feel quite dark and depressing compared to their other work, but the more I listened, the more this album grew on me. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by Me
Going through a divorce and suffering increasing disability I have been buying music to chear myself up. Read morePublished on 31 May 2011 by Tony
To those familiar with The Divine Comedy's 'hits', this album may come as a surprise. The quirky, cleverly ironic and comedic norm has been sidelined to a great extent (although... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2009 by S. Scott
While not exactly indicative of Hannon's ouvre - sort of Scott Walker with his sense of humour engaged - Regeneration is a brilliant indie-pop album with real heart and great tunes... Read morePublished on 18 July 2009 by C. Brown
The Divine Comedy's first Parlaphone album is an interesting record. Largely absent is the orchestrated, tongue in cheek humour and quirky songs of the 90's - replaced by... Read morePublished on 24 July 2008 by Mr. Christopher J. Welch
The new millennium was a curious time for those bands once at the forefront of the Britpop scene. Many imploded, some mutated and others continued with business as usual. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2006 by Jonathan James Romley
I don’t have all of the Divine Comedy’s albums, but I love the 3 I heard before this one.
My first feeling on hearing this was disappointment. Read more