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Divine Comedy
Genre: Alternative Rock
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U.K. edition of the band's 1993 album featuring the single 'Europop' and 12 other tracks. A full color picture CD with a picture inlay and full artwork.


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All Artists: Divine Comedy
Title: Liberation
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Setan
Release Date: 7/30/2001
Album Type: Import
Genre: Alternative Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


Album Description
U.K. edition of the band's 1993 album featuring the single 'Europop' and 12 other tracks. A full color picture CD with a picture inlay and full artwork.

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Divine Comedy: everyone's cup of tea
Karen Robinson | california | 08/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Divine Comedy makes music that could tickle anyone's ear, but it's so sad that not many Americans know about the band. Neil Hannon, the creative force behind DC once said that he knew he was destined to be a pop star-- and the world is a much better place musically that he made it. Their songs are reminiscent of an earlier time where singers were backed by full bands and an orchestra which is why their style has been likened to "orchestral pop". The first song on the album, "Bath", starts off with a five minute string opening that suddenly breaks into a beautiful song. And this is the first clue that you are about to experience something completely different, something a little anachronistic, something that this side of the 20th century has been waiting for a long time (in terms of music.) PROMENADE is their 2nd or 3rd ablum, depending on if you count "Fanfare for the Comic Muse" (which is more rock and REM influenced) as their first. Neil Hannon reincarnated the band all by his lonesome with LIBERATION, considered the first "real" Divine Comedy album by many fans. Although it's a great album, my vote is for this one as the band's best.I've read that this was sort of a concept album about friends reminiscing about the good ol' days. "Summer house" certainly tackles that idea head on with the lyrics telling the story of one man's summer when he was 10 years old. But concepts aside, the songs individually can stand their own ground. From the jovial and boisterious track "A Drinking Song" to a very minimal and reflexive "Ten seconds to Midnight" that has only a piano accompaniment to Neil's velvety voice, every song will leave you with a lasting impression.Even if you've never heard of this band, or maybe you think you read about them somewhere, don't be afraid and buy this album. It doesn't matter if you're a Britney Spears fan or only listen to techno or you wear your punk rock heart on your sleeve, Divine Comedy transcends all modes of genres and categories of cool. There's really only two types of music: good and bad. And believe you me, this one is goooooood."
Brilliant English Deviance
Blackberries | PA | 04/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Length - 52:13Liberation was my first and only encounter with the seminal songsters, The Divine Comedy. At first bewildered by their bizarre and blatant noncomformism, I didn't quite know what to think of this album. After further listening and digesting; however, the eccentricities of this superb outfit unveiled to me a droll sense of humor, dynamic literacy and soaring, orchestral harmonies. An interesting characteristic of The Divine Comedy is in their influences. They seem to be undefinable in terms of music, but their lyrics and delivery are redolent of a number of famous literary pieces. The band is obviously well read, as evidenced by their scattershot literary references- most noteably Dante, F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Evangelists. This album progesses in classical epic fashion, veering around the corners of a tragicomic template in an expressive, diverse modus operandi that calls for a punctilious ear and an imaginative mind. There are several moments on Liberation that display a profound confluence of passion and ingenuity, particulary the songs Your Daddy's Car and I Was Born Yesterday, that are absolutely dazzling from start to finish. On the other hand, there are tracks so lugubrious that they teeter on the edge of being unendurable (Three Sisters and Europop). More often that not though, the better moments of this album arise and overshadow the disposable, crudely histrionic numbers. In a word, The Divine Comedy are worth checking out, and Liberation is as good a place as any to start."
Sarah Baeckler | Ellensburg, WA USA | 11/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tonight We Fly has got to be one of the best songs ever..."