Clash Magazine: The Duckworth Lewis Method

A 2009 review of the debut Duckworth Lewis Method album from Clash Magazine.

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THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD
The Duckworth Lewis Method

(DIVINE COMEDY RECORDS)

The criminally underrated pop genius, Neil Hannon, in cahoots with Thomas Walsh, frontman of Irish band, Pugwash, has created an album of paeans to that most gentlemanly pursuit, cricket. Described by Hannon as “possibly the least necessary album of recent years,” it’s actually one of the most outrageously fun records I’ve heard in ages. From shamelessly retro first single ‘The Age Of Revolution’, to the improbably titled ‘Test Match Special’, the album never loses its smile. The album’s highlight, ‘Jiggery Pokery’, tells how Shane Warne ensured that Mike Gatting was “out for a buggering duck” in 1993’s Ashes series. No words found in the English language do this track justice; you’ll simply have to hear it. 8


Get Three Songs: Jiggery Pokery, Gentlemen and Players, Test Match Special

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Clash Magazine Issue 40 , August 2009 - Gareth James