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Absent Friends ~ The Divine Comedy
Absent Friends ~ The Divine Comedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Charmed, I'm sure, 14 May 2004
He can really write a tune, this Hannon. The first track Absent Friends is among the best he's done so far - like the first time you hear a Lennon and McCartney song (can you remember?) you feel you've always known it and can't wait to hear it again.
After a cracking start like that you wonder if the rest of the album can possibly be as good. Of course it can't, but he gives it his best shot.
Sticks and Stones and My Imaginary Friend both have sing-along choruses but don't quite reach the same dizzy heights as the title track. Leaving Today is a slow, touching song about a man having to go away somewhere leaving his young kid and wife behind. For all I know it's based on a real… Read more
Pop Art: Pet Shop Boys - The Hits ~ Pet Shop Boys
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The art of pop, 14 May 2004
Not many artists genuinely need two whole CDs to fit their best songs on. The Beatles, Stones, Bowie, Elton John, Elvis and dare I say Pet Shop Boys?
There are no fillers here. Every song is a top twenty hit. Every song has received considerable airplay and is instantly recognisable to anyone who has listened to the radio over the last twenty years.
The monster hits from the 1980s and 1990s, West End Girls, It's A Sin, What Have I Done To Deserve This, Heart, Always On My Mind and Go West rub shoulders with recent hits Miracles and the wonderful Flamboyant. Other highlights are their masterwork Being Boring, the very funny Yesterday When I Was Mad, I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind… Read more
Flamboyant ~ Pet Shop Boys
Flamboyant ~ Pet Shop Boys
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best, 14 May 2004
From the opening note it has to be Pet Shop Boys. Even after nearly 20 years no-one else sounds like this.
This is probably their stongest single since Se A Vida E with a proper catchy chorus and clever PSB lyrics commenting on 21st celebrity life. Very 2004 and very good.