The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes The Knighthood

Ah, The Divine Comedy. Creators of my first ever album (Fin De Siecle on cassette) and my favourite band until I discovered Belle & Sebastian (sorry Neil). From the scattered whimsy of Liberation, through the perfect baroque pop concept albums Promenade and Casanova to the darker, subtler and analytical Fin De Siecle I have been awed by Neil Hannon (the sole creative force behind the ‘band’) and his work, enjoying nearly every second of his output. Things have dipped a bit since then with the sporadically insightful Regeneration, lacklustre Absent Friends and patchy Victory For The Comic Muse. Nevertheless, there have been moments of incredible songwriting throughout, and it’s enough to keep me excited about their (his) latest album, Bang Goes The Knighthood.

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