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Wildly romantic and just arch enough, Britpop’s great wit returns in vintage form. Neil Hannon might keep an eyebrow gently raised through “Catherine the Great”’s regal pop and the Noel Coward-like “Funny Peculiar”, but he’s equally seductive while playing his declarations of love with a straight bat (“The One Who Loves You”, “To the Rescue”). Naturally, lush, orchestral arrangements and melodies that sear themselves onto your brain are fitted as standard.

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Vintage & beautiful NH: just short of brilliant

First things first, obviously I am a self confessed Hannon-ite (this is a day of release review after all) so I'm a little partisan, but ...

The classic NH elements are all there: the wit, the melodies and the lush orchestrations ('To The Rescue' is achingly gorgeous). It's a must for any fan of sophisticated, thoughtful and clever pop, NH aficionado or not. Overall, it's simply a beautiful album.

In my view however, it lacks the inventiveness of previous albums such as Casanova and Victory for the Comic Muse: they (and many others) get the Gold medal; this one gets the Silver. Nothing NH ever does drops as low as a Bronze.

Smiles. Laughter & tears

If you like The Divine Comedy and Neil Hannon, you will love this.

If you are new to DC try Casanova, Liberation and Bang goes the Knighthood first to get Neil's take on life.

The main album is an eclectic mix of classical, pop and love song which is really easy to listen to and enjoy. Lots of singalongs. I particularly enjoyed the songs 'How can you leave me on my own' and 'To the rescue'. 'Funny Peculiar' was a pleasing duet. Neil does love and miss his wife judging by this album 💖

The second album is a really sad story of a dying father and his son. Not one for the over sentimental or if you are in a low place.

This is a really good album.

Good to have The Divine Comedy back👍

In the league of Liberation and Casanova

I have been a fan of Neil Hannon for over 2 decades since my first "proper" boyfriend played me Frog Princess from an NME compilation CD. I have since see him perform live three times and bought every album and CD single I could get my hands on. Despite being a huge fan I just haven't enjoyed some of the more recent releases including "Absent Friends" and "Bang goes the knighthood". Sure, there are songs that make it into my top twenty favourite Divine Comedy tracks on those albums and I can appreciate the crafting of the songs but they just never really captured my imagination like Neil's earlier work. That said, I am always very excited to hear any new works so imagine my absolute joy at loving EVERY single song on the new album Foreverland, that is right, every single one. I felt like a 16 year old again being taken by the hand through the wonderful musical stories woven by Mr Hannon. It is worth the extra £1 to purchase the deluxe version which includes In May, a touching, funny and moving account of terminal illness through letters from a son to his absent Father. I literally laughed out loud and sobbed my heart out.

Foreverland is an absolute triumph, a joy to listen to over and over again. My favourite track is number 7, I'll leave you with that.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Divine Comedy is the alias for Neil Hannon, a British pop singer/songwriter with aspirations of becoming a new wave fusion of Scott Walker, Morrissey, and Electric Light Orchestra. During the early '90s, he built up a strong cult following with a pair of idiosyncratic, critically acclaimed records before his third album, Casanova, became a mainstream success in the wake of Brit-pop and Pulp's popularity. "Becoming More Like Alfie" and "Something for the Weekend," both pulled from Casanova, became...
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  • £9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: 02 September 2016

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