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The Divine Comedy - A Secret History… The Best Of The Divine Comedy (1999) Lossless

14-12-2015, 15:10
Music | Pop | Rock | Alternative | Indie | FLAC / APE

Title: A Secret History… The Best Of The Divine Comedy
Year Of Release: Divine Comedy Records
Label: Indie, Pop Rock, Alternative
Genre: Indie, Pop Rock, Alternative
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 01:11:24
Total Size: 524 MB

01. The Divine Comedy - National Express (05:08)
02. The Divine Comedy - Something for the Weekend (04:21)
03. The Divine Comedy - Everybody Knows (Except You) (03:49)
04. The Divine Comedy - Generation Sex (03:33)
05. The Divine Comedy - Becoming More Like Alfie (03:00)
06. The Divine Comedy - The Summerhouse (04:15)
07. The Divine Comedy - Your Daddy's Car (1999 Best Of Re-mix) (04:04)
08. The Divine Comedy - The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count (1999 Best Of Version) (03:56)
09. The Divine Comedy - The Frog Princess (05:12)
10. The Divine Comedy - Gin Soaked Boy (05:03)
11. The Divine Comedy - Lucy (04:40)
12. The Divine Comedy - Songs of Love (03:24)
13. The Divine Comedy - In Pursuit of Happiness (03:34)
14. The Divine Comedy - I've Been to a Marvellous Party (03:43)
15. The Divine Comedy - The Certainty of Chance (06:14)
16. The Divine Comedy - Too Young to Die (04:24)
17. The Divine Comedy - Tonight We Fly (02:58)

For those who want lyrical bones to chew on, there's no denying Neil Hannon's sly appeal. To dismiss him as "baroque" would be as misleading as pegging him as the missing link between Noel Coward, Anthony Newley, and Scott Walker. But Hannon's highly evolved song constructions, grandiose orchestral pretensions, and baritone crooning seem as much quaint classicism as a bicycle built for two — even as his deft, complex, ambitious arrangements are contemporary. (He's no Leon Redbone.) In the end, his consummate skills as a writer come across most. You hang on the surprise of every wily word, wrapped around venerable melody. Distilled here to a best-of, Hannon makes one of his strongest cases for his dashing, romantic charm. It's this sweeping romanticism, the thick violins and pianos like spectacular sunsets spurring his yearning singing, that transcends his occasional lapses into naughty schoolboy leering. One listen to Fin de Siecle's triumphant "The Certainty of Chance" or A Short Album's cascading "In Pursuit of Happiness" is to open the blinds in a dark room that emit bursts of blinding light; the sweep of the orchestra playing madly, as if running to catch a train, and Hannon's voice bawling along, carried away, shedding its sporadic smugness. Today's Divine Comedy is a lot sweeter and emotional than Dante's. As a word of caution, the uninitiated might find the opening "National Express" and the so-so "Generation Sex" tough going. But with the early help of Hannon's first English hits "Something for the Weekend" and "Becoming More Like Alfie," one can get hooked into Hannon's passion play without realizing it. Pop can mean something more than momentary, torpid trifle again, if only those stifling blinds can be lifted.

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