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Live for today... starting with this.
on 16 May 2004
This is a day in the life, or a life in a day, of two lovers from the early morning bath to the midnight dream. It is also utterly beautiful.
Hannon is by now into his lyrical stride, whimsical yet unfathomably deep. Rarely do you encounter words so pure and full of meaning, each phrase lovingly crafted to perfection. The cynical (yet brilliant) cad of Casanova has yet to become the main attraction, and only surfaces occasionally to garnish the proceedings with humour and realism.
The music is similarly richly layered, coloured with classical shades, yet accessible. Each track sets the mood to emote the specific scene, with orchestral flurries, atmospheric backing vocals, soft piano interludes and a sound rhythm section.
This isn't just one of the Divine Comedy's greatest recordings, it is one of history's greatest musical moments. The moral of the tale is live today, for there might be no tomorrow; no God, no second chance. Amen to that.