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Favourite album: go on, stick yer neck out
Liberation
2%
 2%  [ 2 ]
Promenade
35%
 35%  [ 28 ]
Casanova
12%
 12%  [ 10 ]
A Short Album About Love
13%
 13%  [ 11 ]
Fin de Siecle
10%
 10%  [ 8 ]
Regeneration
13%
 13%  [ 11 ]
Absent Friends
12%
 12%  [ 10 ]
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rachel2205



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 6:45 pm    Post subject: Your Favourite Album Reply with quote

Time for some controversy, since I see discussion of Regeneration is being reaired. Now we've finally got some new material, which album for you is your favourite? Doesn't necessarily mean the best, just the one you like the most. Do explain why. And no, am not including Fanfare, because pfft to that.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've voted for 'Absent Friends', because I consider it the most balanced and purely beautiful collection of Neil's work.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
I've voted for 'Absent Friends', because I consider it the most balanced and purely beautiful collection of Neil's work.


I've voted for "Promanade" because it is my favourite TDC album.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, it still has to be Promenade for me.

I just love the luscious orchestration on the record, and the fact that it can go from the beautiful 'Summerhouse' to the bawdy brilliance of 'A Drinking Song' in just a couple of tracks!

A great album to play wherever you are...whether you're having a bath....sat outside with a bottle of wine or playing it in the car*.

You can listen to it loud or gently in the background....A truly versatile album ranging from the gentler piano sounds to the full on strings!

*which is great as I can't drive so I can just lull about in the passenger seat and soak it all up!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Promenade

I love them all though, except for Fanfare which thankfully isn't among the choices.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went for Liberation, which is a bit of a left-field choice, but I think it truly has some wonderful, wonderful stuff on it. Death of a Supernaturalist is just beautiful, and I love the overall feel of the album.

A Short Album About Love isn't far behind as I'm a bit soft! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PinkLizard wrote:
Mr Nude wrote:
I've voted for 'Absent Friends', because I consider it the most balanced and purely beautiful collection of Neil's work.


I've voted for "Promanade" because it is my favourite TDC album.


Good for you!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted for Absent Friends, because I honestly don't think theres any other DC album as consistently brilliant. A Short Album About Love is most probably second for me, followed by Liberation and Promenad in no particular order.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta be Regeneration - because it was the first DC album I bought, because the lyrics are so heartfelt and really strike a chord with me, and because their isn't a duff track on it
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm also voting for Absent Friends -- I suppose I'm a bit peculiar as Fin is probably my favorite after Promenade, then Liberation, but something about the new one really just works perfectly for me.

It could also have something to do with being nearly 30.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think age might have something to do with it - I love Liberation, but a lot of it strikes me as the writing of someone quite young and pretentious. Like me, in fact. Wink Regeneration was pretty grown up and sorted - less drama. Made for less exciting music (in my opinion) but suggested a happier life for Neil!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rachel2205 wrote:
I think age might have something to do with it


I'm old, but maybe it also has something to do with memories. I bought Promenade when it came out. It was my first, and you know you always remember your first.

I can't help but look back fondly on that album.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piss offffff. Casanova every time.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regeneration/Promenade/Absent Friends get the most rotation by far.. Casanova is a naughty little diversion every now and again. As a total album, Regeneration definitely. For individual tracks, Promenade. For utterly sublime stand out tracks and some bumph - Absent Friends.. But then 'Songs Of Love' is on Casanova.. Hmmm...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel bad for ASAAL now. Someone vote for it!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

black sheep boy wrote:
It was my first, and you know you always remember your first.


True. But my first DC album was 'Secret History', and I then collected the back catalogue. Getting 'Liberation' and 'Promenade' through the post on the same day was like heaven...

...but as such, it means that I never had a 'first' as such, because the 'Best Of' doesn't count. However, 'Absent Friends' is the first new album I've bought as a fully paid-up, T-shirt-wearing Divine Comedy fan, so maybe this will go down as my album to me.

Ah, I dunno! I'd vote for all of them if I could...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rachel2205 wrote:
I feel bad for ASAAL now. Someone vote for it!


I think it is an incredible album, but if I may compare the Divine Comedy back catalogue to my anatomy, the bit that gives me most pleasure just isn't quite long enough.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
PinkLizard wrote:
Mr Nude wrote:
I've voted for 'Absent Friends', because I consider it the most balanced and purely beautiful collection of Neil's work.


I've voted for "Promanade" because it is my favourite TDC album.


Good for you!


Ha-ha! On rereading that I see what you mean, but I didn't mean it to sound like that!!

I managed to spell it wrong too!!! Embarassed

But, I"ve still not heard "Fanfare", is it worth seeking out?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PinkLizard wrote:
But, I"ve still not heard "Fanfare", is it worth seeking out?


Not really; PM me your Wolfson room number and I'll slip a copy under your door upon my return.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PinkLizard wrote:
Ha-ha! On rereading that I see what you mean, but I didn't mean it to sound like that!!


It's the internet man, it's impossible to tell what people mean half the time! I hope my reply wasn't too narky.

As for Fanfare... well I acquired a copy, and I've only listened to it once. So, nah, not really worth it. Unless you find it cheap and want it as a collectible item!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
Unless you find it cheap


Which would be a near miracle. Just ask my poor wallet *sigh*
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still go for Promenade, followed by: Liberation, Fin de Siecle, ASAAL, Absent Friends (at present). I don't consider Fanfare or Regen to be proper DC albums.

Promenade just has... well... Geronimo, Bath, Booklovers, Going Downhill Fast, Summerhouse, Tonight We Fly (the first DC song I heard live). I mean, how many more reasons do you want?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta go with Liberation. While not the penultimate DC album, it's the risk-taker. It has a larger variety of musical ideas than the other albums. This may be the result of a young artist trying to find his thing, and doing everything in the process, partially to prove he can, and perhaps cram every idea he's got onto one album. That's cool 'cause Hannon at his best is rococo. There is a sense of freedom, as the title suggests, of invention. In a sense, Absent Friends could be called Liberation II, in that once again Hannon has shed the confines of a traditional rock ensemble's set-up for a more diverse collection of sounds an ideas + a broader range of possibilities.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
rachel2205 wrote:
I feel bad for ASAAL now. Someone vote for it!


I think it is an incredible album, but if I may compare the Divine Comedy back catalogue to my anatomy, the bit that gives me most pleasure just isn't quite long enough.


that's ok as long as your date isn't expecting a two-disc set!


i voted for FIN because i haven't heard ABSENT FRIENDS yet. Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't heard Fanfare, but I've heard it's not all that, so I'm not too fussed.

And I haven't heard AF yet, sadly. Stupid CDwow! *shakes fist* Still, my poor wallet likes the cheapness, and hell, I've been waiting 3 years, a few days isn't going to matter...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rachel2205 wrote:
hell, I've been waiting 3 years, a few days isn't going to matter...


Yes. They are going to matter. They are three days in which you will be unable to taste the sheer, unalloyed pleasure of Mister Hannon's latest offering.

And you will never get those three days back; they're gone forever...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, yes, Chris. *pats fondly*
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

msboyd wrote:
I suppose I'm a bit peculiar as Fin is probably my favorite after Promenade, then Liberation, but something about the new one really just works perfectly for me.

It could also have something to do with being nearly 30.


I've similar feelings, although I voted for Promenade. I used always like Fin most after that. Absent Friends is kind of joining them in the same territory, in that I'm listening to it in the same way. I also think my reaction to it has to do with the age thing, and feeling like an old crock. Liberation I like but it was always the album I listened to least after Regeneration. I think I was trying not to overplay one album and Liberation was it!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cassanova was my first... so its my favourite, because it illuminated the way to Divine Comedy heaven for me.

Short album about love is my second... because it was my second.

Then I sort of flung myself into a mad DC pleasure fest and it all merges into one delirious haze of joy and beautiful music.

I think I like them all, because each album is so unique. They are incomparable to each other in terms of wonderfulness. I think the choice can only come down to fond memories associated with happy times.

CPG
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rachel2205 wrote:
I feel bad for ASAAL now. Someone vote for it!


I would have, but Absent Friends has usurped its place in my affections.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

regeneration for me, yaaaawwwwnnn at promenade

maybe absent friends, but i dunno. too early to get perspective. could get better, could get worse.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oooh absent friends is growing on me lots and lots.
it's also kinda interesting to see that regeneration is the second most popular album here. just the moany lot kinda make it seem less liked. anyhow, absent friends doesn't seem like that much of a departure from regeneration to me. a few of the songs wouldn't have felt out of place had they been on regeneration i think. absent friends is obviously different because it's neil doing more/most stuff again, but regeneration has still influenced it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cabbage patch girl wrote:
Cassanova was my first... so its my favourite, because it illuminated the way to Divine Comedy heaven for me.

Short album about love is my second... because it was my second.

Then I sort of flung myself into a mad DC pleasure fest and it all merges into one delirious haze of joy and beautiful music.

I think I like them all, because each album is so unique. They are incomparable to each other in terms of wonderfulness. I think the choice can only come down to fond memories associated with happy times.

CPG

I agree. I also did them in the same order. Loved Casanova from the very first listen. "Hang on a minute! This is the Father Ted theme!"

Mr Nude wrote:
I've voted for 'Absent Friends', because I consider it the most balanced and purely beautiful collection of Neil's work.

I think I agree. I definitely think it sounds the most complete.
But I haven't voted, because it's too soon since I got Absent Friends. I'm worried that one day maybe the novelty of it will wear off, but at the moment it just ranks above all the others. It's definitely between that and Liberation for me. Not Promenade because, apart from Tonight We Fly, it's just a bit more downbeat.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Short Album About Love, though my favourite TDC album can change on a daily basis!

But there's nothing better than that ridiculous instrumental on In Pursuit of Happiness.

THe album is just so beautifully orchestral and that's what I like it about it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airboy paul wrote:
it's also kinda interesting to see that regeneration is the second most popular album here. just the moany lot kinda make it seem less liked.


Maybe there's a significant number who have only heard Regeneration. I can't see any other explanation, to be honest.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why you little! some people just have an ability to appreciate quality
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh, ASAAL has made a stunning recovery from no votes to 8! Interesting...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CD WOW has told me to expect my copy of Absent Friends in 5-7 days.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will I play it down the phone next time I speak to you?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I shall save myself for its first airing on my hi-fi.
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