a short site about The Divine Comedy


The appeal of The Divine Comedy has worn thin of late, with Neil Hannon’s mannered vocals sliding towards Scott Walker pastiche and his songs appearing too clever for their own good. Luckily, Hannon seems to have realised that he risked becoming a parody of himself and Regeneration sees his theatrical delivery toned down in order to concentrate on creating a subtle collection of gorgeous pop songs. Combining the lyrical dexterity of old with some spectacular melodies, this is an album that lives up to the promise of his title.

Nigel Williamson
The Times 16/03/2001