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Ten albums in and he's only forty!,
This review is from: Bang Goes The Knighthood (Audio CD)
I don't tend to write reviews for albums that have already been heavily rated and reviewed, I prefer to be a lone voice in the wilderness, a voice of clarity in amongst a mass of incoherent shouting.
That's what's going on in my wibbly-wobbly mind, in reality, everyone is entitled to their musical opinion, whether they're right or not.
The Divine Comedy are unique; they were singular back in 1993 and they still are now. Mainly because they've been going so long but are still under the popular radar, still have a loyal and passionate fanbase and are still primarily the work of just one man.
As others have stated, don't be taken in by the bitter and sour-faced "professional" review at the top, he is just wrong, both about this album in particular and about The Divine Comedy in general.
They have always been a mixture of the melancholic and despairing, the joyful and ridiculous. Far too many musicians take themselves and what they do overwhlemingly seriously, but Neil has always appeared to be more truthful and unafraid to look stupid; he seems to really put the work and his vision above his ego or his sales.
I made an unforced error in listening to the "Regeneration" LP before playing this one - that's a fine album and strong lyrically, but there's no warmth and he sounds alarmingly like Thom Yorke at times.
This is a proper Divine Comedy album. Someone else stated that it was easier to admire than to love, but I disagree, it is easy to love as it is far more immediate and just full of wonderful melodies and arrangements. Neil is also in fine voice again, one of our very best vocalists.
Another reviewer also stated that the "Duckworth Lewis Method" album is similarly poor - again, wrong. You can hear the sheer joy and pleasure of what is being created, even in the sterile atmosphere of a recording studio.
Admittedly, the artwork is awful, but that is my only complaint. Neil Hannon is a national treasure and I simply love "At The Indie Disco" because I was there in the Nineties!