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A Divine 'Regeneration'

The Divine Comedy have completed work on their latest album, 'Regeneration' and announced details of a single and UK tour for January and February.

The album, recorded in London, was produced by noted Radiohead collaborator, Nigel Godrich.

Recording began as soon as Godrich had finished work on Radiohead's 'Kid A' and is reported to demonstrate a very different angle to the usual grand Divine Comedy sound, having been written on acoustic guitar. All seven members of the band had input in developing the 11 new tracks.

"This album is a bit more subtle, a little less smart-arse than before," frontman Neil Hannon said.

"We felt that that conceptualism and high drama was beginning to obscure the main purpose of making it in the first place - communication. So we developed new strategies to reinvigorate our music, one of which was to ask Nigel Godrich to produce it.

"It was a big step for us to admit that someone else could improve on our sound. In the end it was the best decision we ever made."

The first single taken from the album is 'Love What You Do', released on February 26th, with the album following on March 12th.

The tour dates are as follows:

Derry Nerve Centre (January 20th)
Belfast Empire Theatre (21st)
Dublin Music Centre (22nd)
London Riverside Studios (24th & 25th)
Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (February 14th)
Northumbria University (15th)
Manchester University (16th)
Birmingham Irish Centre (17th)
Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms (19th)
Bristol New Trinity Centre (20th)

dotmusic 11/01/2001