CityLife: The Duckworth Lewis Method

A 2009 review of the debut Duckworth Lewis Method album from CityLife (Manchester Evening News)

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The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method

(Divine Comedy Records)

CityLife Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Stars

THERE is a smidgeon of Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and perhaps a hint of tongue-in-cheek Ripping Yarns about this delightful venture by the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh (of Irish band Pugwash).

To say it is a concept album about the joys of cricket really does not do it justice, for this is a rich, dry-witted piece of musical theatre the likes of which we so rarely encounter.

The Age Of Revolution, the first single, manages to discuss cricketing globalisation to chunky, synth-driven pop with a riff borrowed from brassy trad jazz.

Gentleman And Players is a harpsichord-tinged piece of genteel 1960s-style melody-making. Jiggery Pokery tells the tale of the Ashes series of 1993 with an air of Flanders and Swann.

I defy you not laugh out loud.

Meeting Mr Miandad tells of a road trip by VW camper van to Pakistan to meet Javed Miandad, and Test Match Special is a glorious exercise in pop whimsy, with chord changes worthy of Squeeze.

CityLife - Manchester Evening News - Paul Taylor