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4.4 out of 5 stars
Fin de Siecle
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on 19 July 2017
I love this album. It goes from the romantic sadness of 'Commuter love' to the film track menace of 'Thrillseeker' and the jolly romp of 'National Express' ending in the soaring beauty of 'Certainty of Chance'. Incredible.
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on 17 May 2017
Fabulous album. Fabulous live performer who looks like he is not trying but at the same time gives it everything he's got.
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on 23 January 2014
very good a good mix of songs .and excellent song writing from noel and devine comedy an eclectic mix as usual.
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on 28 June 2017
This a fantastic album. The orchestral arrangemnts are wonderful. GREAT songs.
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on 9 June 2016
Brought as a gift, received well! :)
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on 21 March 2016
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on 10 May 2014
Arguably the most complex and charismatic of Divine Comedy's albums. The music is often intriguing whilst losing nothing of the band's accepted quirkiness.

Possibly a statement about the end of the millennium but more likely an affirmation of life, this has some stirring harmonies and beautiful pseudo classical pieces. There is pastiche a plenty about this offering with Neil attempting German nightclub music with "Sweden" and the full chorus giving vent on "Here Comes the Flood." It is an album full of changes in tempo and style with some thought provoking lyrics in the form of "Life on Earth", the beautiful "certainty of Chance" with its spoken poetical ending and "Sunrise" which brings hope to Neil's troubled homeland of Ireland. Understated pieces such as "Commuter Love" also have their own appealing power. Above all the success of Fin is that it stays fresh despite numerous plays.
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on 11 August 2014
very fast delivery. bought as a birthday present for a friend and she loves it.

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on 10 January 2003
There are only two tracks on this album that I don't particularly like and one of those was quite a successful single that made it to a respectably high position in the charts. "National Express" may well be a mickey-take, but it just comes across as naff and twee, "pop"py pap. The other that I didn't like was "Sunrise," but that's because I find the tune weak and the lyrics just a little bit too "Right On". Neil Hannon does give it a right bit of wellie vocally, however. For which he really can't be faulted.
The rest are in a truly original style with drive and power. "Thrillseeker" is Suede-eqsue, yet pre-Suede and much better with great twangy, low guitars and lots of energy. "Sweden" is just completely quirky and lends itself to heavy metal style renditions when played live. "Eric The Gardener" is almost in a minimalist style, but an interesting one with lyrics telling the story of some archaeological find of Roman artefacts by a gardener. This may sound a dull description, but it is charmingly done and lightly funny.
Skipping through to "Here Comes The Flood"; this is an operatic/musical show finale. It is orchestral and modern apocalyptic end of the world with a talky bit from Dexter Fletcher (with a dodgy American accent) about the "Race to end all races".
Great stuff. Very varied, well arranged and well performed. I love it. This, plus "A Short Album About Love" are a good introduction to The Divine Comedy.
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on 21 January 2000
Perhaps I am one of the lonely and only fans of the Divine Comedy in Germany, but surely one of the biggest in the world (even if it's quite hard to be a fan of the Divine Comedy in Germany, hard to get the cds and almost impossible to enjoy them live). When I first listened to "Fin de siècle" I felt like - even if that may sound rather pathetic - coming home. This was the cd I always wanted to listen to. There I was standing in a record shop in my home town, big smile on my face, tears in my eyes, while the other people around where staring on their fingernails while listening to their hip-hop thing ("Jedem das seine, mir das meine" - don't know how to translate it). Thanks for GENERATION SEX, HERE COMES THE FLOOD and especially for SUNRISE.
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