Mojo Magazine: The Duckworth Lewis Method

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

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The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method

Two Stars

Divine Comedian’s cricket-themed concept album. Not as good as it sounds.

Birthed one drunken evening by The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh (mainstay of Irish powerpop outfit Pugwash) and named after a complex formula for scoring rain-affected-one-day matches, The Duckworth Lewis Method presents the unlikely proposition of an entire album about cricket.

While nothing here matches Roy Harpers’ elegaic When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease, the pair occasionally capture the genteel ambience that accompanies the thwack of leather on willow; evidenced on Jiggery Pokery’s wry, Flanders & Swann-style cleverness and the XTC-esque Mason On The Boundary, which charmingly evokes a departed world of dusty cricket whites and long shadows on the village green.

Unfortunately, much of the rest veers from lightweight (Sweet Spot) to teeth-grindingly irritating (The Coin Toss), suggesting a private joke that perhaps would have been best left in private.

Mojo Magazine - Chris Catchpole