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A Secret History? The Best Of The Divine Comedy
 
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A Secret History? The Best Of The Divine Comedy

30 Aug 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 Aug 1999
  • Label: Divine Comedy Records
  • Copyright: 1999 Divine Comedy Records UK Ltd.
  • Total Length: 1:10:53
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  • ASIN: B001MZX8ZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,649 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE on 8 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
Technically a band, "The Divine Comedy" is centred around singer-songwriter Neil Hannon. Hannon was born in Northern Ireland in 1970 and models his singing style on Scott Walker. Aptly enough for the son of a Bishop, his band provided the theme tune for the classic sitcom "Father Ted". They also recorded a version of "My Lovely Horse", the song Ted and Dougal entered into the Eurosong Contest. (Unfortunately, it isn't included on the album !!). "A Secret History" is the band's greatest hits package, was released in 1999 and covers the band's time on the Setanta label. Two of the tracks had been previously unreleased - "Gin Soaked Boy" and "Too Young to Die".

One of my favourite tracks - "National Express" opens the album. Mocking a British coach firm, it's Neil and the band at their best. A very catchy tune, the witty lyrics and Neil's crooning all add up perfectly. (The song's video was also very funny.) "The Pop Star's Fear of the Pollen Count" is another excellent tune. It's an up-tempo number, with the brass section really adding to the mood of the song. It's immediately followed by "The Frog Princess", apparently about a French ex-girlfriend. Containing snippets of the French National Anthem, the stinging lyrics are so at odds with the gentle tune, I can't help laughing at it. "Everybody Knows (Except You)" and "Gin Soaked Boy" - one of the album's "new" tracks - also deserve special mentions.

Sometimes you find an album so good, it would be easier just to list the occasional 'bad' or slightly average track. While the tracks I've listed above are my favourites, there just aren't any bad tracks here to list. It's an excellent album from start to finish - with a runing time of seventy minutes, it's filled with catchy tunes, very cleverly written lyrics and it will prove to be money very well spent.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2000
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This album is an interesting collection of songs taken from the myriad of Divine Comedy albums. Well known songs such as 'National Express' reside alongside lesser known ones such as 'Lucy'. Neil Hannon specialises in grand operatic melodies and these certainly do not disappoint, 'The Certainty of Chance' being a diverse blend of strings and brass, backed up by Hannon's fine vocals. In my opinion, 'The pursuit of happiness' is one of the finest songs that Hannon has written, closely followed by 'The Summerhouse'. The long oboe refrains in 'The Summerhouse' are fantastically well put together. Other notable songs are 'Becoming more like Alfie' and 'Generation Sex'. The songs on this album all have one thing in common: they are great to sing along to! Put this on in your car, and the journey will fly by. Whats more, the tightness of the compositions will have you humming parts of the songs for days afterwards... In conclusion, this album is a worthy introduction to the Divine Comedy for people who have not had the pleasure of hearing the bands music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec 1999
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As good as this Best Of is, it could have been TRULY magnificent - A collection of the best songs by one of the most innovative and imaginative pop bands around, departing from Setanta records before moving to a major record label, yet it could have been so much more. There is:
* The obvious (National Express (natch), Something for the Weekend, Everybody Knows, Generation Sex, Alfie, Songs of Love, Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count) singles or instantly recognisable album tracks. Each one is monumentally catchy and infectious (dangerously so).
* The new (Gin-Soaked Boy, Too Young to Die) - a couple of the best songs they've ever done - Gin-Soaked Boy being so hypnotically repetitive that you can virtually recall the song from scratch after the first listen (See? Simple construction - fantastic song) and Too Young to Die, a song full of raw emotion and power, with Hannon looking forward rather than back ("Maybe it's time for a change?")
* And the baffling (Certainty of Chance, Summerhouse, Daddy's Car). Good as these songs are, if album tracks were to be chosen, why not follow the example of putting on songs like Lucy (Wordsworth's rambling epic of a poem and Tonight We Fly instead? We could have had Death of Supernaturalist, Bernice Bob's Her Hair (Catchy and infectious song version of F Scott Fitzgerald's story of the same name), Europop (synthesiser-laden eighties pastiche - but good!), If...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am a fairly recent convert to the idiosyncratic genius of Neil Hannon, and for the uninitiated this album provides the most easily accessible of his work. The synthesis of clever ideas, quirky lyrics, beautiful music and outstandingly passionate delivery make The Divine Comedy one of the greatest outfits of the pop world there has been for quite some time. From the catchy "National Express" & "Generation Sex" to the classics - "Becoming More Like Alfie", "Something For The Weekend" etc... this album's infectious melodic beauty cannot fail to capture the imagination. In my opinion, "Everybody Knows (Except You)" is the highpoint of this toweringly powerful album. Phenomenal!
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