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Asleep Behind the Wheel (Promenade)

If Liberation was Neil Hannon’s artistic breakthrough, it’s 1994’s Promenade that showed he knew it – and that, having scrambled and experimented until arriving at what was basically going to be his signature sound, it was time to dig in and explore … Continue reading

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The Parting of the West

When the storm came, it was all storms; the ur-storm. Every tempest the Atlantic had ever unleashed before that night was just a premonition, each squall that would escape its abyssal depths from that day forth merely an echo. It would not … Continue reading

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The Wind Is Getting Up Now, Soldier (The Training Camp)

Naturally, the first level in Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds is the game’s smallest and most straightforwardly designed. Set in a rural area south of London (specifically Sussex, judging by the loading-screen map), it’s largely a linear affair. Like all fourteen … Continue reading

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Each Fantasy Chosen Begins (Liberation)

After several years – and several records – spent cycling from the influence of one overwhelming monolith to the next, The Divine Comedy, a band which has essentially been a shifting progression of tribute acts with glimmers of promise, suddenly snaps … Continue reading

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We Know Not What We Do (Europop)

At the very brink of consummation, The Divine Comedy’s inevitable evolution into what it was always meant to be experienced a slight hiccup: Neil Hannon decided to stop singing. That’s right: the year was 1991, and Hannon, newly enamoured of … Continue reading

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Origin and Intentions (Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The PlayStation Game)

I suppose I was about five or six years old. My grandparents had a record player. I’m sure they had lots of records, too, but only one of them ever interested me: Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of … Continue reading

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Look at Life Through the Half-Closed Eye (Timewatch)

We’re still floundering; still not quite there. Timewatch, a three-track EP, was released in 1991 – one year on from the false start of Fanfare for the Comic Muse, but still two years short of the inspired reinvention of Liberation. Musically and lyrically, Timewatch is … Continue reading

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