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Office Politics (Deluxe)

The Divine Comedy

Released on June 7, 2019 by Divine Comedy Records

Main artist: The Divine Comedy

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop > Indie Pop

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Before creating the famous crop-duster chase scene in his North by Northwest masterpiece, Alfred Hitchcock wondered how he could subvert rather than avoid the clichés commonly associated with this kind of scene. Listening to Office Politics, it seems Neil Hannon had the same interrogations for his socially engaged songs about the labour market. Lightyears from a “proletarian song decrying in the most literal sense possible the infamy caused by capitalistic productivism”, the mind behind The Divine Comedy abundantly uses humour, or – and this has been his trademark since Liberation in 1993 – a sharp pop lyricism (the Jacques Brel-esque crescendo in When the Working Day Is Gone), sometimes written as a bittersweet chronicle (Norman and Norma and its harrowing chorus contrasting with its naive verses). Sarcastic humour is ever present throughout Office Politics and takes on different forms. Hannon enjoys playing with the dichotomy between light-hearted music and lyrics denouncing the blatant yet unashamed injustices of our times (Queuejumper). He also dabbles in caricature: the ominous “spy movie” atmosphere on Office Politics, as well as the emphatic references to westerns (guitars) and film noirs (saxophone, conga and harmonica orchestra) in You’ll Never Work in This Town Again. Not going as far as parody, the album is filled with references and homages to various composers and musical trends such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich’s minimalism in Philip and Steve’s Furniture Removal Company, German experimental electro (in the disconcerting diptych Psychological Evaluation and The Synthesiser Service Center Super Summer Sale), and many others (Kurt Weil, Sakamoto, Moroder, etc.). These excessive citations end up generating such distance that one can rightfully wonder whether it helps or hampers the album’s discernible intent. Is it just a sneer or a genuine critique? This is a typical Hannonian paradox. This maddening blend of references and musical colours turn The Divine Comedy’s twelfth album into a rather joyful and playful hotchpotch. But it also makes it somewhat frightening because of how chaotic, absurd, and even (purposefully) incoherent it may − deep down − appear. Just like the world in 2019 then? © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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Album : 2 disks - 31 tracks Total length : 01:56:16

    DISC 1
  1. 1 Queuejumper

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  2. 2 Office Politics

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  3. 3 Norman And Norma

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  4. 4 Absolutely Obsolete

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  5. 5 Infernal Machines

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  6. 6 You'll Never Work In This Town Again

    Guy Massey, Mixer - Sunshine, Composer - Leonard, Composer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist - Morales, Composer - Blanco, Composer - Sony ATV Music Publishing/Universal/MCA Music Ltd/Universal Music Corporation, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  7. 7 Psychological Evaluation

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist - Ber Quinn, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  8. 8 The Synthesiser Service Centre Super Summer Sale

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Ian Watson, Composer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist - Simon Little, Composer - Tim Weller, Composer - Andrew Skeet, Composer - Tosh Flood, Composer Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  9. 9 The Life And Soul Of The Party

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  10. 10 A Feather In Your Cap

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  11. 11 I’m A Stranger Here

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  12. 12 Dark Days Are Here Again

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  13. 13 Philip And Steve's Furniture Removal Company

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  14. 14 Opportunity' Knox

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  15. 15 After The Lord Mayor's Show

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  16. 16 When The Working Day Is Done

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Guy Massey, Mixer - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  17. DISC 2
  18. 1 Whistle For A Wind

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  19. 2 The Swallow

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  20. 3 The Conquering Heroes

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  21. 4 Fighting Swallow

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  22. 5 The Amazon Pirates

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  23. 6 The Parley

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  24. 7 Better Drowned Than Duffers

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  25. 8 Let's Make The Best Of It

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  26. 9 Navy Stroke

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  27. 10 Like Robinson Crusoe

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  28. 11 Titty's Dream

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  29. 12 The Conquering Heroes, Victory Chorus

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  30. 13 The Black Spot

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  31. 14 The Parley - Flint's Apology

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  32. 15 Swallows And Amazons Forever

    Sony ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Neil Hannon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - The Divine Comedy, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

  • Album description
  • Before creating the famous crop-duster chase scene in his North by Northwest masterpiece, Alfred Hitchcock wondered how he could subvert rather than avoid the clichés commonly associated with this kind of scene. Listening to Office Politics, it seems Neil Hannon had the same interrogations for his socially engaged songs about the labour market. Lightyears from a “proletarian song decrying in the most literal sense possible the infamy caused by capitalistic productivism”, the mind behind The Divine Comedy abundantly uses humour, or – and this has been his trademark since Liberation in 1993 – a sharp pop lyricism (the Jacques Brel-esque crescendo in When the Working Day Is Gone), sometimes written as a bittersweet chronicle (Norman and Norma and its harrowing chorus contrasting with its naive verses). Sarcastic humour is ever present throughout Office Politics and takes on different forms. Hannon enjoys playing with the dichotomy between light-hearted music and lyrics denouncing the blatant yet unashamed injustices of our times (Queuejumper). He also dabbles in caricature: the ominous “spy movie” atmosphere on Office Politics, as well as the emphatic references to westerns (guitars) and film noirs (saxophone, conga and harmonica orchestra) in You’ll Never Work in This Town Again. Not going as far as parody, the album is filled with references and homages to various composers and musical trends such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich’s minimalism in Philip and Steve’s Furniture Removal Company, German experimental electro (in the disconcerting diptych Psychological Evaluation and The Synthesiser Service Center Super Summer Sale), and many others (Kurt Weil, Sakamoto, Moroder, etc.). These excessive citations end up generating such distance that one can rightfully wonder whether it helps or hampers the album’s discernible intent. Is it just a sneer or a genuine critique? This is a typical Hannonian paradox. This maddening blend of references and musical colours turn The Divine Comedy’s twelfth album into a rather joyful and playful hotchpotch. But it also makes it somewhat frightening because of how chaotic, absurd, and even (purposefully) incoherent it may − deep down − appear. Just like the world in 2019 then? © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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