Victory For The Comic Muse - The Divine Comedy
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  • Summary: The title of this ninth Divine Comedy album for Neil Hannon echoes back to the band's debut, 'Fanfare For The Comic Muse.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. The Divine Comedy's most spontaneous record in ages.
  2. 80
    [Hannon] deserves to be recognized as the unsung genius of symphonic pop. [Nov 2006, p.97]
  3. With Hannon’s usual fair of orchestral chamber pop filling Muses’s eleven tracks, the real difference lies in his lyrical progression. [#15]
  4. 70
    Predictable pleasures abound. [#74, p.95]
  5. Victory For The Comic Muse seems destined to be one of those odd works beloved by cultish fans of Hannon’s work, but an unfocused misfire from the casual listener’s standpoint.
  6. 60
    Highly agreeable in small doses. [Jul 2006, p.104]
  7. It can indeed be shunted into the drawer marked "I can't believe I used to like this band." [17 Jun 2006, p.39]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. MatthewM
    Aug 4, 2006
    There's not a bad song on the album. "Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont" is one of the best songs ever written. "To Die A Virgin" should be the pop hit of the summer. Another standout track is "A Lady of a Certain Age". It is one of the best character sketches in a song. The album is fun, funny, sad, sweet, original, theatrical, and very atmospheric. The best album of 2006! Expand
  2. Briano
    Aug 9, 2006
    Hypnotic, both musically and lyrically. This is another superb work of art that the "critics" earn their title berating.As in mathemathics, NME's negative credentials multiplied by it's similarly negative opinion serves only to create a positive. My advice is listen to "A Lady of a Certain Age" twice and you'll be helplessly drawn into this magnificent album. Indeed a Victory for Mr. Hannon. Expand
  3. CathS
    Sep 3, 2006
    This is a fantastic album, featuring songs of real character, wit and warmth.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Jul 4, 2006
    Not as good as 'Absent Friends' but an excellent album anyway.
  5. chrisw
    Jul 31, 2007
    The Divine Comedy's most mainstream record to date. Full of smart lyrics and huge chorus's, Neil Hannon has crafted another fine record full of symphonic pop and baroque flourishes. 'To Die A Virgin' is a stomping ode to sexual awakening, 'Diva Lady' a biting, tongue in cheek swipe at music primadonna's and 'Mother Dear' a strummy, summery tribute to his mother. A great cover of the Associates 'Party Fears Two' showcases Hannon's unique voice and 'Lady Of A Certain Age' is a gorgeous and clever ballad. Still not quite as good as the wonderful Cassanova but a great record nevertheless. Expand
  6. kamil
    Dec 3, 2006
    Back to form for Hannon. Genius of lush pop in its prime. Songs are simple, funny and melodic - more than half of them is best since his masterpiece Fin De Siecle. Expand
  7. Aug 22, 2010
    Can anyone please describe the process for getting into this band? Do you just think, "Oh, i'll not listen to all that good music that's out there and listen to The Divine Comedy instead"? I've heard the albums, i've watched the videos, i've seen TV performances, I've seen them live, I've seen interviews with the band. There's not ONE thing which is slightly endearing or exciting about the music, the visuals, the ideas or the personalities. My grandmother's flock wallpaper is more riveting. I hope they don't read this review, otherwise i'll expect a song about my grandmother's flock wallpaper to be hitting the charts real soon. Expand

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