a short site about The Divine Comedy

Absent Friends

Business as usual for Neil Hannon's party of one.

It's three years since the eighth Divine Comedy album, Regeneration. Since then Neil Hannon has become a father, moved to Dublin and stripped the Divine Comedy down to a nucleus of one: himself. The result? An album that deals with identity and displacement. From the anthemic cap-doffing of the title track, to the sentimentality of Leaving Today (going on tour: tears) and The Wreck Of The Beautiful (a suken ship: many tears), to the ode to his kid, Charmed Life, this is another beautifully scored Divine Comedy album that sounds a bit like Scott Walker and lot like the last one.

Ted Kessler
Q Magazine 05/2004