Wednesday, May 17
THE DIVINE COMEDY
The Divine Comedy is the "nom de pop" of Neil Hannon, an Irishman who deserves a place alongside Jarvis Cocker, Morrissey, and Neil Tennant in the mordant-wit pantheon of songwriters. Like those gentlemen, he is more than capable of joining a cute-yet-cutting couplet with a killer riff or a can't-get-it-out-of-my-head melody.
His latest album, Victory for the Comic Muse, comes out on June 19th. To put it mildly, I have rather high expectations for this one, despite not loving the first song I heard from the record ("To Die a Virgin"). Here are two tracks that I find a bit more promising, as well as my two favorites from his previous effort.
From the LP Victory for the Comic Muse, 2006 >>>
[MP3] "Diva Lady"
[MP3] "The Light of Day"
From the LP Absent Friends, 2004 >>>
[MP3] "Absent Friends"
[MP3] "Our Mutual Friend"