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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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1
Queuejumper
00:03:07

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

2
Office Politics
00:04:02

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

3
Norman And Norma
00:03:45

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

4
Absolutely Obsolete
00:04:13

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

5
Infernal Machines
00:03:04

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

6
You'll Never Work In This Town Again
00:04:11

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

7
Psychological Evaluation
00:02:39

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

8
The Synthesiser Service Centre Super Summer Sale
00:03:50

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

9
The Life And Soul Of The Party
00:03:27

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

10
A Feather In Your Cap
00:04:00

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

11
I’m A Stranger Here
00:04:37

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

12
Dark Days Are Here Again
00:03:14

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

13
Philip And Steve's Furniture Removal Company
00:04:51

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

14
Opportunity' Knox
00:03:42

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

15
After The Lord Mayor's Show
00:03:46

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

2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited 2019 Divine Comedy Records Limited

16
When The Working Day Is Done
00:04:12

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

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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