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on 11 January 2011
The item was exactly what my son had been looking for. It was in perfect condition. My only criticism is that there was no tracking information available for the shipment. This was a Christmas present and even though I had estimated delivery dates, I had no way of knowing when it would arrive. The package did arrive on Christmas Eve, which was perfect, so this is not really a "complaint", more of a recommendation.
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on 19 November 2000
This is a truly excellent album; while only their second (currently available) one, it may even be the Divine Comedy's best. Several songs stand out as melodic, orchestral gems with Neil Hannon singing fine lyrics to perfection: A Seafood Song, When The Lights Go Out All Over Europe, Going Downhill Fast. For those who like melodies and lyrics (particularly lyrics), the Divine Comedy should be a must.
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Neil Hannon regarded this as the first real Divine Comedy album, although it was really a solo effort with Hannon himself playing most of the instruments. Hannon bows to the works of Checkov, Scott Fitzgerald and even Wordsworth as he proves to be a rock literary heavyweight.

Liberation is a flawed album but a real starting point for classic efforts to come. It's almost as if Hannon is flexing his muscles with nods towards synth on "Europop" which features the kind of leering vocals that would find their way onto Casanova. It's difficult with the value of hindsight to reflect on how this would have been received in 1993. It's full of chamber style orchestrations, overlaid with more modern beats and would have sounded rather strange. It is only with the hindsight of listening to the full back catalogue that you can see and feel where Hannon is coming from, but more important where he is likely to be going. There are so many styles included with Timewatching even managing to sound like a chamber induced "Somewhere". Elsewhere there are jingly singalongs like "The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count" More than anything else Liberation showed the emergence of Hannon as an original talent that would blossom on subsequent albums
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on 12 April 2016
such talent
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