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5.0 out of 5 stars What? No one else has reviewed this?, 6 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Casanova (Audio CD)
Blimey! I'm amazed that Mr Hannon's best album has slipped through the net.

It's Noel Coward meets Father Ted, meets Bob Geldof meets..... Oh, it doesn't matter. If comparison is all you crave, get some new ears!

Not for everyone this, but if you get it, it's as good as it gets! Hannon's voice is Scott Walker baritone one moment, shimmering falsetto the next. The album's camp, big, bold, theatrical and unashamedly intellectual. Hannon quotes Dickens and Shakespeare in the same breath as he'd cover the Associates or Orange Juice (both of which he has done).

He's a great singer, tremendous songwriter, and a visionary in presentation. Joby Talbot arranges and conducts here, and the scope of the album is jaw-dropping in its relentless ingenuity and intricacy.

As a concept album (based on the life of Casanova), it's pretentious in the extreme, but the individual tunes are stand-alone fantastic ("Something For The Weekend", "Becoming More Like Alfie", "The Frog Princess" - singles, all).

But it's the last two tracks that really lay out Hannon's wares for consideration. The instrumental "Theme" is a melodic sweetmeat to out-saccharine all Love Story pastiches, and therefore transcends them all, and "The Dogs and The Horses" is a hopelessly romantic love letter to the pets "you'll have to outlive". It's, unbelievably, genuinely moving, and perhaps the closest Hannon comes to a lyrical honesty.

As an album, it is quite an incredible proposition - an instrumental, a song in 7/8 time (has he been hanging out with Sting?), the Father Ted theme (with surprisingly sensible lyrics: "Songs of Love") and most overblown of all, "Charge" - perhaps the only song that sags under the weight of its own ambition. It's too bloated to live confidently along the rest as it is melodically rather uninspired. Good lyrics, though: "Unhook the straps of the booby traps and set the captives free." Lyric writing throughout is never anything less than witty, urbane, considered and thought-provoking.

All in all, a stunning album. Need to like his voice, but if you do, it's a staggering achievement, and thoroughly (and deliciously) recommended.
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Initial post: 25 Apr 2012, 10:01:22 BST
Nobody has reviewed the expensive IMPORT version of Casanova that you have! Find the reviews on this version:
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It's a great album by the way - one of my all time faves.
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