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  • Summary: The debut album for the Irish band formed by Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh was inspired by the game of cricket.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. With not a dot ball or an overthrow, The Duckworth Lewis Method is an unqualified success.
  2. It's a record of beautifully constructed songs--pastiches, yes, but so perfectly rendered as to be melt-in-your-mouth lovely.
  3. It's an eclectic mix for sure, but Hannon and Walsh make it work via some superior orchestral rock craftmanship. [Fall 2009, p.62]
  4. Concept album about cricket from Divine Comedy and Pugwash frontmen hits the sweet spot.
  5. It is hard to really know if there is a place for cricket concept albums. Certainly there's a time and a place for them and at the start of an Ashes summer is just that--it's perfect timing from Hannon and Walsh.
  6. 60
    The songs are often gently ironic '70s orchestral pop with overtones of striped caps and Edwardian moustaches. [Aug 2009, p.90]
  7. 40
    Unfortunately, much of the rest veers from lightweight to teeth-grindingly irritating, suggesting a private joke that perhaps would have been best left in private. [Sep 2009, p.93]

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  1. Jul 13, 2013
    There's a great idea and a half suicide beyond the publication of a concept album about cricket in the year 2009. However, the challenge is taken and won: every single song has a per-sè musical background, resulting in a history in perfect 70s concept-style, enjoyable also by the non cricket-players (and especially by non-anymore-young ears). Great pop riffs/lines, superb arrangements. On the top of all this, you can even learn cricket if you didn't have the chance to (outside the irish-british world is not that common).
    Special mention to "Meeting Mr. Miandad" and "Age of revolution", which are (not by chance) the two singles taken from the album, but also "The sweet spot", "Gentlemen and players", "Jiggery pockery".. to make the long story short, the whole album is well structured. You'll find yourself to whistle the tunes, guaranteed!
  2. Clauded
    Aug 4, 2009
    The best cricket album ever. Wondeful tunes. Especially the Ball of the Century one.
  3. Itri
    Aug 9, 2009
    Incredible. I can't believe how addictive the music is. Must own.
  4. S.U.
    Sep 28, 2009
    Regardless of the subject matter, if Neil Hannon has a hand in it, you would do well to listen.
  5. Tony
    Oct 4, 2009
    Absolute enjoyment.
  6. carls
    Aug 27, 2009
    I don't know what some of the reviewers' problems are here. It's just a great pop album -- nothing more, nothing less. Jeff Lynne is incredibly jealous right now. Expand
  7. NeilV.
    Sep 18, 2009
    I'm not really a big fan of cricket so i don't get all the references but this remains a decent album with some great tunes.