User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18

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  1. asierr
    Apr 20, 2004
    9
    hannon comes back to the walkers' road. And sounds (nearly) better than ever. thank you chap
  2. allisonm
    Feb 7, 2005
    10
    came across this very late but love love it..
  3. KrisH
    Jul 1, 2004
    10
    The more I listen to this, the more I like it. Less oppressive than Casanova and hits the right emotional spots.
  4. as
    Jul 8, 2004
    7
    good cd, BUT copy protected - and small print on cover says may not play on car cd players - i'm not impressed, as thats where I play most of my cds.
  5. JesseS
    Oct 25, 2004
    7
    Somewhere in between the cheesy ("Come Home Billy Bird") and the sadly immaculate drama-ridden & clever ("Our Mutual Friend") we have a generally good effort from his Divine Hannon. His most Scott Walker-ish homage. Perhaps.
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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Gorgeous, grotto-fabulous chamber pop. [14 May 2004, p.71]
  2. Absent Friends isn't my favorite Divine Comedy record (Fin de Siecle, actually), but it is an excellent record, and one that seems more likely to appeal to non-fans than his more ostentatious outings.
  3. It’s pretty much all fantastic.