THE DIVINE COMEDY – Diva Lady (2x CD & 7″ Singles)

Diva Lady CoverParlophone CDR6698 / CDRS6698 / R6698: 12th June 2006
1. Diva Lady
"She's got a famous boyfriend, they go out in style, she makes him look hetro, and he helps her profile"
2. Don't Blame The Young
"Resist the overwhelming urge, to punch them in the face, screaming, I'll give you every penny, I have ever made, to take your place"
3. Premonition Of Love
4. Births, Deaths & Marriages
"Today, a man got on my tram, and whiped his sweaty neck, and suddenly, I saw how he must look whilst having sex"
5. Elaine
"And I sure would be thankful, if appon the dock that day, is the one for whom I came, a young beauty, by the name… of Elaine"

'Diva Lady' instantly made me clap my hands together and click my fingers like The Supremes. This annalogy is quite appropriate since Divas like Diana Ross are the subject of the song. Neil Hannon certainly hasn't lost his touch writing a great tune. However, while the lyrics are also good, I can't help feeling that Hannon at his peak, would be able to cram in many more comic lines, given the 'Fish in a barrel' nature of the subject.

'Don't Blame The Young' sounds like a Neil Innes song, with it's cheeky Brass section and Musichall style. 'Premonition Of Love' sounds like an emotional sequel to 'In Pursuit Of Happiness' (It's less showy, but somehow more grand). 'Births, Deaths & Marriages' has got a Frank Sinatra swing about it (But when he whispers the word "Sex", it's just like Jarvis Cocker). 'Elaine' is a gentle Country inflected acoustic song about travelling across the globe to find a girl called Elaine.

Click here to watch the video for 'Diva Lady' on YouTube.

Here is a link to download a four track EP called 'A Short Album About Horses' by country and western tribute act 'The Devine Comedy' (Notice the 'E').

The Divine Comedy Website / The Divine Comedy MySpace Page


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