The Divine Comedy return with their first album since ‘Bang Goes the Knighthood’ in 2010, which is somehow their 11th album dating back as far as his disowned album “Fanfare for the Comic Muse” in 1990 or more properly “Liberation” in 1993.
This album shows a man content with his lot in life, at ease with his surroundings and deeply in love.
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So let's hope that doesn't happen." It's a very "up" record Neil, I tell him when we speak. Personally, I can take or leave the self-consciously quirky side of his oeuvre (as represented here by Catherine the Great, a song about the Russian ruler though possibly also about his better half, and Napoleon Complex.
But the love songs – as represented by To the Rescue, the shivery sliver of tune Other People (one minute and 36 seconds in length, petering out with Hannon running out of words and going "blah, blah, blah") and the nakedly emotional final track The One Who Loves You – are the keepers.
After an initial orchestral flourish it settles into a quirky pop song. ‘Who pulls the strings, who makes the deals, stands 5 foot 3 in Cuban heels’ – Napoleon Complex The title song ‘Foreverland’ is a surprisingly downbeat number that never really lifts.
‘Catherine the Great’ is the first single off the album and is another fun pop song, with more orchestral manoeuvrings. IE REDESIGNED & NOW INTERACTIVE - FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A WITTY COMMENT OR TWO...... IE ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY COMMENTS SUBMITTED. Yet, we stick-up a few grinny-gals from Assets, Compton or BScene and it's like a redtop rag to a redbull. And the super talented award winning blonde even treated us to a free preview of songs from the CD at the Grafton Street store. Like we cover fricken loads of quality but when we post it on these hallowed pages it gets little or no attention from our regular comment posters. For your perusal we covered Cathy Davey's album launch and instore signing at HMV last weekend.His first album in six years is billed as about love, longing and imperial ambition, and it is the most personal songs, clearly directed to second wife Cathy Davey, daughter of Irish composer (of movie soundtracks amongst other work) Shaun, which are among the most successful and, perhaps, surprising here.She also contributes vocally to one of the most Coward-esque, the rather sweet Funny Peculiar.There is a new album, Foreverland, and a sense of settled contentment about life in general. Hannon says that it is a record all about "meeting your soul mate and living happily ever after". It's simply that I do like to look at the more bleak aspects of life. "But I think generally there's some kind of up side even in quite sad songs like Mutual Friend or Lady of a Certain Age.