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Ok - but could be better
on 7 April 2004
There can be no doubting the talent of Neil Hannon. Unfortunately this album only shows glimpses of it. Casanova & Fin de Siecle were two amazing albums & he has struggled since to follow them - the last album 'regeneration' being the low point. However it's a welcome return to beautiful orchestral arrangements (Freedom road) & brilliant lyrics (Sticks & stones, come home Billy Bird & freedom road)& these tunes make the album worth the purchase.
These are the exceptions though & the rest of the album consists of brilliant arrangements but mediocre songs. Signs of getting back into the groove though & when he's in the groove, there's quite simply nothing like it!