The choice moment, by contrast, belongs to a solo piano version of Fog, performed by Thom Yorke at the 2002 Bridge School Benefit.For a tune thats lyrically inconsequential, the quavering timbre in Yorkes voice wrenches every last ounce of emotional longing from a tale of baby alligators being flushed into the sewers.Those hoping for amusing, Generation Sex-style Divine Comedy material will have to sate their appetite with the clever style-over-substance piece The Happy Goth.
And closer Where Bluebirds Fly is a laptop experiment in repetitive starts and stammers that fails to reach a satisfying resolution.
Although Almost Killed Me runs out of gas near the end, it nonetheless signals the arrival of an exciting and noteworthy new band.
The Divine Comedy: Absent Friends Nettwerk / Parlophone, 2004 Rating: 4.0 Neil Hannons first post-fatherhood album, Absent Friends, reflects a more sobering, candidly honest worldview from the conspicuously cheeky artist.
Com Lag is useful for the rabid B-side and rare track collector who can save funds by getting everything from the Hail recordings on one tidy package. Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Greatest Palace Music Drag City, 2004 Rating: 3.5 Fans of Will Oldhams Palace catalog finally get their wish for a greatest hits collection.
But the often willfully inscrutable Oldham couldnt make things that simple.