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The Divine Comedy

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Dublin, Ireland (1989 – present)

The Divine Comedy is a baroque pop band now based in Dublin, Ireland, fronted by Neil Hannon.

Neil Hannon, Originally from Derry, has been the only ever-present member of the band, being its founder in 1989 when he was joined by John McCullagh and Kevin Traynor. Their first album, the heavily R.E.M.-influenced and now-deleted Fanfare for the Comic Muse, enjoyed little success though. A couple of equally unsuccessful EPs - Timewatch (1991); Europop (1992) - were to follow, with newly-recruited member John Allen handling lead vocals on some tracks. After the commercial failure of the latter EP, this line-up soon fell apart.

Hannon, however, was not deterred in his efforts and re-appeared in 1993 with Liberation. Featuring a fairly diverse musical outlook that goes from the tongue-in-cheek synth pop of Europop(nearly unrecognisable from the previously-released version) to the classical stylings of Timewatching.

Indeed, it was only some minor success in France that really enabled Hannon to proceed to his second effort Promenade. Released in 1994, this was heavily driven by classical influences, with Michael Nyman’s stylings clearly an influence. Hannon himself acknowledged this when he apparently sent a copy of his new album to the composer, jokingly asking him not to sue. Essentially a concept album about a day spent by two lovers, it also received similar critical acclaim to that which Liberation was afforded. Commercial success, though, was not forthcoming.

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  • harreh

    Got listening to Casanova twice yesterday and after midway through the second time I released that: 1) Neil sings in a completely different fashion now days as to how does on Cassanova. Ignoring compositional aspects and focusing on tone - sounds almost like a different singer. A lot of the lines are often spoken, there's a lot more attention to pronunciation and the dynamic range is much wider. I'm glad he's still making music but the vocal style is so insanely different. 2) The epic middle in Charge he sings ridiculously low bass part (hey babe. I love when you talk sex to me) - AND the ridiculous high falsetto backing. I always thought it was random background singer - but its definilty him. Must be at least 4 octaves there. Incredible.

    1 Apr 2:07pm Reply
  • StokesAA

    Reminds me of The Kinks :)

    27 Mar 9:39pm Reply
  • XDRory

    Neil, come on now. 5 years. We're thirsting for more.

    13 Jan 10:44pm Reply
  • lolodicombello

    Après 10 ans, j'ai toujours autant de plaisir à écouter Absent Friends...Neil Hannon est vraiment un songwriter exceptionnel.

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DantonRamone

    minha mais nova paixão musical <3333333

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ThunderAndStorm

    I love this guy.

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • climbing--down

    Neil is one of the best songwriters ever

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • brunogramacho

    Good lyrics, but not so good music. I like it, tough.

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • georgeisbulb

    fave band evz

    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • creamsicklesky

    At the Indie Disco & Thrillseeker <3

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • Discordiosus

    Neil, we need new album NOW!!!

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • innerspeaker

    V Might matter to Neil's bank balance though.

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • middlepunch

    @XDRory even if Neil only had one listener and that was you, as long as you like the music and it means something to you then it doesn't matter how many other people listen to him.

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • CountElvis

    Any word on a new album?

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • XDRory

    The small number of listeners is saddening.

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    одна из лучших групп 90-х, в первой тройке у меня точно

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • iagomelo2

    Muito bom, caramba! WHAT A DISCOVERY!

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • IsaaBrisa

    <333333333333333333333

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    King of tongue-in-cheek ironic song-characters

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Father_Of_Raul

    Would love to hear a new TDC album this year! [5]

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
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