Metro: Sticky Wickets Review

Metro review the second Duckworth Lewis album called "Sticky Wickets"


The Duckworth Lewis Method: Sticky Wickets (Divine Comedy Records)

A second cricket-themed LP by the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and fellow Irishman Thomas Walsh, with a dozen vaudevillian tracks about the idiosyncrasies of the gentleman’s game. Walsh also fronts an outfit called Pugwash, who make 1970s-styled guilty pleasures in the style of 10cc or ELO, and this aesthetic dominates much of the album (particularly The Third Man and Umpire).

Elsewhere, plummy Test Match Special commentators and assorted cricket fans provide the voices for It’s Just Not Cricket and Nudging & Nurdling, while Stephen Fry narrates Judd’s Paradox (named after the Marxist Etonian in Another Country who remarks: ‘What I hate about cricket is that it’s such a damn good game’). All charming stuff but only Boom Boom Afridi, a tribute to the big-hitting Pakistani all-rounder, reminds you that cricket is the second-biggest sport on Earth, not just some English eccentricity.

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