Regeneration - The Divine Comedy

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. By shedding the smirking artifice that served Casanova so well, and hiring producer Nigel Godrich, the Divine Comedy may be treading dangerously close to the sounds of countrymen Radiohead, but the Divine Comedy are smart enough to give listeners just enough lyrical bit to throw them off the scent.
  2. If you know the Divine Comedy's previous work, it's hard to imagine how Regeneration could disappoint; if they're new to you and you're a fan of literate, orchestrated pop music, give it a try.
  3. Represents the best of British pop music.... A lilting, suave and grandiose near-masterpiece. [Dec 2001, p.80]
  4. Nearly everything that was once infuriating and irritating about The Divine Comedy has now been eradicated in favour of a new honesty and depth to their sound complete with some genuinely touching moments.
  5. 80
    Regeneration is pretty, clever, meticulously planned and tastefully executed.
  6. Devoid of the cartoonish cabaret crooning of 1997’s breakthrough Cassanova, Regeneration is more down-to-earth, with less grandstanding and more adventurousness.
  7. There's not a bad song to be found anywhere on this disc, and it remains engaging for nearly its entire duration, only falling into the background in a few isolated spots.
  8. Regeneration, the Divine Comedy's sixth album, could find fans on either side of the Atlantic, as it's their first to pay as much attention to the sound as to the songs.
  9. Hannon's latest takes The Divine Comedy in a promising new direction.
  10. The Divine Comedy are much more appealing in their vulnerability than they ever were in full cry.
  11. The Divine Comedy's abandonment of their precious, nose-thumbing snobbery is abandoning what made them so great in the first place.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 5, 2011
    A definite 10, as this is one of the few albums that has ever made me cry. Not even Radiohead has accomplished that, and they're my favorite band. Neil Hannon has some **** you have to listen to, not only for his lush sound but his absolutely beautiful lyrics. If this album doesn't speak to you, you have no soul. Full Review »
  2. clarkh
    Jan 26, 2006
    unbelievable. these guys are way under the radar screen. if you like beck's sea change or radiohead, you will love this cd.
  3. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    I don't understand why Neil Hannon would trade in his wonderful, tongue-in-cheek, grandiose, bells-n-whistles style for a more traditional sound. Not unlistenable, but not something I ever want to put on especially having his other LPs. Full Review »