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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Divine Comedy Records
  • ASIN: B002SJUC7C
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Duckworth Lewis Method is the cricket-themed side project of The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Pugwash’s Thomas Walsh.

Sticky Wickets is the follow-up to their 2009 Ivor Novello nominated eponymous debut. The album consists of 12 beautifully eccentric, catchy songs on the always fascinating subject of cricket.

Lead track "It’s Just Not Cricket" features legendary TMS commentator Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld. Other special guests include David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Daniel Radcliffe, Matt Berry and Stephen Fry.

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With a cover that shows that the chap on the front can do better than Botham by getting his leg over, this CD unleashes a veritable volley of bouncers, leg breaks, beamers and the odd googly in its quest to reveal the quirks and oddities of the holy game of cricket. Beautifully observed pastiches intermingle with tales of many characters along the way in the unique Neil Hannon/Divine Comedy fashion. Even Blowers gets an inclusion and well worth it he is. If you are a cricketer, you will recognise some of the characters and smile wistfully as you join in the choruses. If you are a music lover, whilst you will miss many of the nuances you will still love the melodies, the clearness of the lyrics and the performances. Whatever the case, if you don't like this I suggest that you make an appointment to see your GP because it is clear you are very, very unwell indeed!
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By C. Porter VINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2013
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This sequel of an album is perfect. Like Aliens was to Alien. It takes the premise of the original crickety concept album and builds on it. It feels bigger and more confident.

The same breadth of material is present - from pastiches of the Stones and ELO to 90s Europop, to the oddly affecting ballad-esque (step forward 'Out in the Middle'). Nice cameos from the ever-gorgeous Matt Berry and Stephen Fry.

But it's all about the tunesmithery and fun. And there's bucket loads of both.

Buy it, own it, absorb it. It makes your soul better, and I don't even care about cricket :)

It's cricket as a metaphor for life, all Divine Comedied-up.

Awesome - should be a 6! (rather than a 5*) - see what I did there?
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After listening to my Amazon MP3s in the car for a couple of days I was going to give this a four, if only because a couple of tracks, especially the closer Nudging and Nurdling, sag a little below the standard of the rest.

But then my LP copy arrived and the fifth star was straight back in. This is a thing of real beauty - an event in the way unpacking a new album used to be. The sleeve is a proper gatefold, and there's a printed inner with another picture and all the words. And the outside shows to full advantage the little twist the back cover gives to the famous photo on the front. Best of all is the disc itself - wonderfully black, glossy and heavy, with not a trace of surface noise. It looks, feels and sounds fantastic. And (pleasant surprise after briefly havering over whether to order this or the CD) there's even a CD copy of the album inside the sleeve.

And so to the music. Well, I downloaded the digitals on Monday morning before a two-hour drive to Crawley, and I can only wonder what my fellow drivers on the M25 thought was up with me as I grinned, chortled and even at one point clapped my hands in involuntary glee. The album is full of sublimely crickety, musicky, funny moments and references, whether it's the Rolling Stonesy opener, the Beach Boys-esque Mystery Man or every 80s electronic track you ever heard rolled into Line and Length. Along the way we have The Umpire, which if anything improves on the poignancy of The Nightwatchman last time out. And, of course, we have the highest point of all, the best ELO song for 30 years: the triumphant Third Man.
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I must say, I was a little trepidatious when I heard they were gonna give it another go, these Duckworth Lewis boys. A second collection of cricket based pop songs? Really? Well, I'm here to report...I was never actually trepidatious at all! These guys are at the top of their respective games! What a beautiful follow-up to their highly successful debut 4 years back when cricket based albums didn't even exist!

Very much the way "Meeting Mr. Miandad" (from the debut) became the winner of the Old Grey Whistle test, "It's Just Not Cricket" sounds like the FUN song for the summer this year. Further on, my 13 year old son and I also couldn't stop ourselves singing the chorus on "Boom, Boom, Afridi" it's so damn catchy! Stellar! "The Umpire" is a sad lament about the thankless job as a cricket judge. It’s a great melody and Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) has never sounded better. The music here is lush, but not overwhelmingly so. On "Third Man" the E.L.O. knob gets turned up full notch and we get another melodic gem with Thomas Walsh (Pugwash) at the helm this time. Seriously, Jeff Lynne, did you NOT produce this?

"Out in the Middle" may be my favorite track at the moment. Maybe I like list songs. It starts off fairly straightforward with Walsh listing several descriptions of success...but setting the guy "out in the middle" apart from these things. The melody carries us along nicely until a surprising sweep of chord changes that for me are very reminiscent of the best of early Steely Dan if, say, Donald Fagen decided to pick up a cricket bat. The song's fade recalls "Mason on the Boundary" (from their debut CD) and it all works. Gorgeous stuff!!
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