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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

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  1. Tony
    Oct 4, 2009
    9
    Absolute enjoyment.
  2. Clauded
    Aug 4, 2009
    9
    The best cricket album ever. Wondeful tunes. Especially the Ball of the Century one.
  3. carls
    Aug 27, 2009
    8
    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.
  4. Itri
    Aug 9, 2009
    9
    Incredible. I can't believe how addictive the music is. Must own.
  5. NeilV.
    Sep 18, 2009
    7
    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.
  6. S.U.
    Sep 28, 2009
    9
    Regardless of the subject matter, if Neil Hannon has a hand in it, you would do well to listen.
  7. Jul 13, 2013
    10
    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. OnThere'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!
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65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. Concept album about cricket from Divine Comedy and Pugwash frontmen hits the sweet spot.
  3. With not a dot ball or an overthrow, The Duckworth Lewis Method is an unqualified success.