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The Divine Comedy's Kid A,
This review is from: Regeneration (Audio CD)
This recording definitely benefits from the influence of Radiohead's producer, Nigel Godrich. None of the fluid lyricism which the Divine Comedy specialise in is lost, and there are still lots of lush strings, but occasional moments of sparer arrangement and a more blurred sound (presaged in Eric The Gardener?) give this balance. The cynicism which sometimes tinged Fin De Siècle is also gone, even on the delighfully knowing Bad Ambassador, although the humour is still there (especially on Perfect Lovesong). All the tracks are great, but stand-outs for me are Love What You Do (possibly the best bass line in the world, ever, II) and Lost Property.
This is perhaps a subtler album than previous Divine Comedy output. Neil Hannon's amazing voice is put to better use than ever, again sometimes benefitting from holding back a little. A nice touch is the use of recorders (who the hell would have believed THEY would ever sound so good?) giving a sort of insane innocence to the sound.
They just keep getting better.