Bang Goes The Knighthood
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Tenth studio album by the Northern Irish alternative pop/rock group, featuring the single 'At the Indie Disco'. This special edition includes a bonus CD which features nine live tracks from the band's 2008 gig at Cite de la Musique in Paris.
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The trouble with DC is that the CDs are never as good as the last one! Until, of course, you actually go back and listen to the last one. In this case, this CD is actually better than the last one in some ways as there are no duff (or 'difficult') tracks. But on the other hand, there is no Lady of a Certain Age (the hype about When a Man Cries, is just that, hype, it doesn't come close).
It's the 'usual' mixture of 'light' and 'deep' songs (when writing about NH songs, you find yourself nearly always using 's!) - classic DC and so right up your street if you're a DC fan (and rather confusing if you're not). Overall, I thought, although it was a bit of a disappointment (but then almost every DC CD has been - see above!) it was better than the last one, which was a bit patchy and pretentious for my liking. The problem with DC now is that nothing is ever going to match the high-water mark of LoaCA, so my first reaction was that there was nothing on the CD as good as that. But then that's like rejecting Abbey Road because it wasn't as inspired as Sgt Pepper.
I always find myself arguing in circles with DC CDs, so best cut the crap and just listen to the thing! You won't be disappointed.
Oh, and ignore the bollocks about Complete Banker, it's actually a very good song, even by NH's high standards. It sort of sums up NH that he describes this as his only ever "angry" song!
PS - getting back to LoaCA, if you missed the incredibly moving live version NH did on Ross's R2 show a few years ago, listen to the accoustic version he does on the 'Live at Sommerset House' double CD. At first I thought he was messing the song up, but as it progresses, his 'new' take on it gradually gets to you. I know this song inside out, but by the end I was in tears. This man is an incredible (and sadly very underrated) song writer.
- great songs, great moods, great food for thought.
The opening track, Down in the Street Below is a gorgeous, poetic piece which deserves to be a film score. The title track and Neapolitan Girl both mock the sexual shenanigans of various characters - one a public school educated MP, the other a poverty stricken Italian woman. Despite the themes they both manage to be dark and jaunty at the same time. The Complete Banker is a merry satire on the continuing recession.
Other tracks took a while to grow on me but when they did, I found them equally delightful and enjoyed listening to them again and again. The Art of Conversation, and Assume the Perpendicular are jolly little numbers with unconventional lyrics. When a Man Cries is a lovely, powerful ballad and I Like a merry romance. Even Can You Stand on One Leg grows on you with its eccentricities and Neil Hannon holds a note for a very, very long time! The only song that didnt really grow on me was Have You Ever Been in Love? Maybe I'm just an old cynic? Generally I think Hannon is a genius. I love the unconventionality of his style and hope he continues writing music for a very long time....