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The Divine Comedy, Duckworth Lewis Method Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Divine Comedy/1969 Records
  • ASIN: B002ASVR8E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First studio album under this guise. The band consists of a partnership between Thomas Walsh (Duckworth) of the band 'Pugwash' and Neil Hannon (Lewis) of the band 'The Divine Comedy', with all songs relating to the game of cricket.

BBC Review

With The Divine Comedy singer Neil Hannon made some of the smuggest singles of the 90s while impressing with contributions to genius TV comedy Father Ted (including the theme tune). So it is with trepidation one approaches a concept album about cricket co-written by Hannon and Thomas Welsh of Irish band Pugwash.

National treasure Stephen Fry has Twittered his approval of the album, which is no surprise given the PG Wodehouse flavour of proceedings.

Jiggery Pokery in particular has a tweedy piano refrain and is quaint as a pack of grandmothers darning socks on a village green. Ten out of ten, though, for the lyric, ''Robbery/muggery/Aussie skulduggery'', while ending a tune with a crazed, ''I hate Shane Warne!'' is surely unprecedented.

Single, The Age Of Revolution, is a more modern take on the game's recent turbulence (including the advent of Twenty20) and bumps along mellifluously like a brass-adorned leftover from The Bees' Octopus.

It's far better than Gentleman and Players which is the kind of awful, fey, tenth-rate Kinks tribute aberration that should been smothered in the studio and The Coin Toss, a hateful but thankfully short relative of Supernatural's Smile.

Elsewhere, unexpected pleasure abounds in The Nightwatchman. Hannon's voice occasionally mimics the richness (but not ferocity) of Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme before the delicate number morphs into Superfly-era Curtis Mayfield. On a record of baffling moments, this one is easily the oddest.

Harpsichords finally turn up on the bucolic Flatten The Hay (about the only truly predictable moment on the whole record), but by then listeners will have decided whether The Duckworth Lewis Method is essential, hazy summer listening or infuriating, esoteric nonsense.

In truth, it's probably both. --Lou Thomas

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Method in their madness... 7 Nov 2009
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Firstly, for anyone not in the know, The Duckworth Lewis Method is an Irish duo comprised of Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) and Thomas Walsh (Pugwash) and they describe this, their debut (and surely only?) album as "a kaleidoscopic musical adventure through the beautiful and rather silly world of cricket.". Yes, you read that right, it's a concept album about the sport of cricket. Wait, please come back, keep reading - it's much better than it sounds, I promise. In fact, if you're a fan of The Divine Comedy, you're more than likely going to love this extremely light-hearted, melodic album because, if not for Walsh's involvement, this could easily have been released under that moniker and nobody would have batted an eyelid. It may even have sold better, but that's pure speculation. If not for the Irish blood running throughout this release, you could be forgiven for saying that "The Duckworth Lewis Method" is a thoroughly English album - to be frank, because of the subject matter, I'm doubtful of the international appeal of their self-titled debut, but I could be wrong. I can see this being regarded as the "Village Green Preservation Society" for 2009.

Even if you're not well versed in the rules of or the characters in cricket, hopefully the music should be enough to keep you listening and appreciate what is on offer here. There are shades of classic and eccentric melodic rock in the vein of ELO, XTC, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and, perhaps not surprisingly, early Divine Comedy, all of which are more than apparent on the magnificent "Gentlemen and Players".
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It shouldn't work. But it does. 30 Jun 2009
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It's very quirky and it's a cricket concept album. But never mind that. This record is choc full of mesmerizing pop gems, a real soundtrack to the summer with bouncy and funky tracks here, sweet smiley stuff there and, just over there, hilarity abounds. The only person who won't like this record is Mike Gatting. And even he'll probably like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Now we're driving Bentleys, playing twenty20!" 17 Sep 2009
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This is a gem of an album. As a career-long fan of The Divine Comedy I was finding it hard to love their (Hannon's) two most recent albums, but The Duckworth Lewis Method is a masterful return to form. This the Neil Hannon of "Promenade" and "Cassanova": beautifully crafted songs, genuinely witty and engaging lyrics (unless you are Mike Gatting) laid over a swathe of gorgeous melodies. Songs such as "The Nightwatchman" and "The Age of Revolution" must rank amongst Hannon's finest work.

And not forgetting his collaborator Thomas Walsh who is fifty percent responsible for this brilliant record.

If you like cricket you will love the album even more; if not then there is still a huge amount to enjoy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DLM Explained 16 Aug 2009
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Great Album!!! I shall explain some of the cricket terms and names used in the album.

1) Duckworth-Lewis. A score generated scientifically when rain has interrupted play. It takes in to account existing score, overs left to play, wickets needed etc.

2) The coin toss. This happens at the start of each cricket game. The winner decides whether they want to bat or field first. Weather conditions etc, play a crucial role in which way to choose.

3) Twenty/20 (as hinted in "The Age of Revolution"). It is a relatively new form of the game where each team receives a maximum of just 120 balls each (20 overs). It is therefore a fast paced game with crowd pleasing big-hitting.

4) Gentlemen and Players. As cricket is steeped in Englishness, the landed gentry (Gentleman) used to play with the riff raff like me (Players)

5) The Sweet Spot. This is a scientific term used for a very small area of the cricket bat. When the player connects with this exact spot (called timing the ball) it will invariably go for a four (when the ball goes to the boundary line after it has grounded) or a six (when the ball goes over the line without bouncing)

6) Jiggery Pokery. This is all about Shane Warne. He was (and maybe still is) the greatest spinner of the cricket ball in history. The story tells of Mike Gatting facing Warnes first ball in English cricket. This has become known as "The Ball of the Century"

7) Mr. Javed Miandad. He was a great Pakistani cricketer. Not as prolific as Don Bradman (Aussie) but holds many records.

8) Dickie Bird. An exceptional cricket umpire, since retired.

9) Night-watchman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket, Cricket & More Cricket 30 Mar 2013
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Don't be put off by the fact that the subject matter of this whole album is cricket. This is a classic pop album for those that like their music to be tuneful, well crafted, quirky & witty. A joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Howzat! 26 Sep 2010
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I'd always sort of known "The Divine Comedy"; I recalled their early hit, "National Express" and I was aware that that they (or rather Neil Hannon, who seems literally to be a "one man band") had written the theme tune to "Father Ted." Odd bits of their repertoire had come my way in the intervening years and I always found Mr Hannon to be a resourceful tunesmith and a witty lyricist. I was, therefore, intrigued to read of his collaboration with one Thomas Walsh (from a band called "Pugwash," apparently) in a concept album based on that most unlikely of musical topics, cricket, and one, moreover, with that most unlikely of titles, "The Duckworth Lewis Method." (I do in fact recall a song called "F**ck me, it's Fred Titmus," but cricket has hardly been a fruitful source of musical invention) I decided to throw caution to the farthest part of the longest boundary and buy the album and, blow me, it's a belter; tuneful, funny and beautifully produced. I'm sure that most people's favourite track will be "Jiggery Pokery" (about Shane Warne's dismissal of Mike Gatting in the Ashes series of 1993), but there are no duds. Buy'll cheer you up no end!
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3.0 out of 5 stars But I was not as happy with this CD as the others in my collection
Amazon delivered as expected, thank-you. But I was not as happy with this CD as the others in my collection, maybe I'm not as familiar with cricket language as I thought I was.
Published 5 days ago by Adrienne Tregonning
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Not what I was expecting.
Disappointing. Not what I was expecting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really exceptional
This is my favourite album since the Alan Parsons Project threw in the towel back in '87. Seriously, really, really good stuff.
Published 6 months ago by William "William Jack" Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good!
An album about Cricket! Who cares you might think, why make an album about such a boring subject? I thought along similar lines when I first heard about it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Christopher J. Wagg
5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing majestically over the boundary.
A whimsical side project about cricket (and a few other things) that is much better than you would think possible. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - catchy, clever, CRICKET!
Wonderful musical tour of cricket. You don't have to be a fan of the sport (although I am) to appreciate the melodies and charm of this album. Massive thumbs up 👍
Published 10 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket tour
I bought this for son's school cricket tour this year. It arrived very promptly. It was played while travelling between matches.
Published 12 months ago by C Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowled over!
This CD exceeded my expectations. As a cricket addict it was a "must buy" for me but it was full of surprises not least the variety of the music and lyrics. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. J. H. Clouting
5.0 out of 5 stars A true concept album that rewards every listen
The BBC review suggested that some might regard this as esoteric nonsense. What twaddle. It's that rare beast, a concept album that does not lose its way after three tracks (I'm... Read more
Published 20 months ago by David Conroy
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