The Divine Comedy

Biography

The Divine Comedy was formed in 1989 and the only constant member is Neil Hannon. During the group’s creativity he collaborated with numerous musicians and played different musical instrument. The story of the band started in 1989, when The Divine Comedy was the trio. Their first album Fanfare for the Comic Muse was released in 1990. That record got fair reviews, however later Neil deleted it from the label’s catalogue, because Fanfare for the Comic Muse stylistics was very different from the band’s later works.

The second album titled Liberation was released in 1993. The Divine Comedy showed their new, absolutely changed sound, which included the elements of previously issued singles Timewatch (1991) и Europop (1992). It is worth mentioning that in Neil’s creations there are many allusions to the literature: the song Bernice Bobs Her Hair tells us about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story; composition Three Sisters is based upon Anton Chekov’s play. The strong album Liberation was surely noticed, however it was not so commercially successful. That record was followed by Promenade, the concept album about two lovers. That album was definitely influenced by the classical music and it received critics’ acclaim, as well as Neil’s previous work. Soon after Promenade release The Divine Comedy went on tour with Tori Amos, playing with her on European concerts. During that period of creativity, Hannon wrote several songs, which were included into the BBC shows, such as Father Ted, Tomorrow's World and The IT Crowd.

The next album Casanova was issued in 1996. Due to the single Something for the Weekend the band finally got the deserved success. A year after The Divine Comedy released their new record A Short Album About Love (1997). Again, the name of that album is an allusion to the movie A Short Film About Love, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. In 1998 the band’s discography was enlarged by the album Fin De Siecle. The main hit from it, National Express, got the soul coloring. In 2001 The Divine Comedy released Regeneration and demonstrated the new sound, which had been created with their new producer Nigel Godrich’s help. That album received fair reviews from the musical critics, however soon the musicians stated about the splitting up. Later Hannon created band’s new line-up and in approximately a year The Divine Comedy were performing again. In 2004 they issued their eighth album Absent Friends, the atmosphere and sound of which were successfully balanced between the band’s old sound and their new material. The next studio work Victory for the Comic Muse appeared in 2006 and it surprised many fans with the spontaneous sound: many tracks were recorded within just two weeks.

The Divine Comedy’s tenth album was released in 2010. It was titled Bang Goes the Knighthood and it will be definitely interesting for the band’s old fans and for those who are not familiar yet with that unique group’s music.

Studio Albums

The Divine Comedy, Foreverland mp3Foreverland
2016
  • Chamber Pop
  • Baroque Pop
The Divine Comedy, Bang Goes the Knighthood mp3Bang Goes the Knighthood
The Divine Comedy's tenth album Bang Goes The Knighthood is a mixture of melancholy, pathos, silliness, love, dancing, vulnerability, eccentricity and simplicity. Unexpected philosophic metaphors alternate with superficial clichés in the lyrics
2010
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
The Divine Comedy, Victory for the Comic Muse mp3Victory for the Comic Muse
2006
  • Baroque Pop
  • Britpop
  • Indie Pop
The Divine Comedy, Absent Friends mp3Absent Friends
2004
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
The Divine Comedy, Regeneration mp3Regeneration
2001
  • Baroque Pop
  • Britpop
  • Indie Pop
  • Pop/Rock
The Divine Comedy, Fin de siecle mp3Fin de siecle
1998
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
The Divine Comedy, A Short Album About Love mp3A Short Album About Love
1997
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Jangle Pop
The Divine Comedy, Casanova mp3Casanova
1996
  • Baroque Pop
  • Britpop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Jangle Pop
The Divine Comedy, Promenade mp3Promenade
1994
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Pop/Rock
The Divine Comedy, Liberation mp3Liberation
1993
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Electropop
  • Indie Pop
  • Pop
  • Pop/Rock
The Divine Comedy, Fanfare for the Comic Muse mp3Fanfare for the Comic Muse
1990
  • Indie Pop
  • Jangle Pop

Compilation albums