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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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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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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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I’ll Take You Upstream, Up to My Origin (Fanfare for the Comic Muse)

In 1989, Neil Hannon cast aside the name of October and declared his band… The Cherry Orchard. The band, already the revolving door of members we love so well, recorded five demos in Active Studio before it occurred to anyone … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Arrive Overnight (October 1st)

Before The Divine Comedy, there was October. Neil Hannon’s original band, formed with three friends in Enniskillen, only ever produced two releases: the four-track EP October 1st in 1987, and the album Exposition in 1989. Since Exposition remains elusive, October … Continue reading

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Not to Fools Like Me (The Divine Comedy)

Disclosure: Neil Hannon is probably my favourite singer, song-writer, and (as The Divine Comedy) band. The distinction between “my favourite” and “the best” is obviously pretty important here. Broadly speaking, he fits my innate inclination towards esoteric, obscure, and overlooked things, things … Continue reading

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