NME: The Duckworth Lewis Method

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

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The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method
(Divine Comedy)

Here’s an unlikely phrase:
‘indie cricket concept album.’

But The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon has indeed teamed up with Thomas Walsh, an Irish demi-pop star from the ‘90s band Pugwash, in an ode to the gentleman’s game.

There are some lovely moments: the surrealist intro and outro is light-hearted and atmospheric, Walsh’s whimsical tone on ‘Flatten The Hay’ and the driving piano on ‘Rain Stops Play’ are quite joyful, but as an album it fails to convince.

The record lurches between cliched harpsichord-driven ditties and cringeworthy soft-rock pop songs that rely on the inventiveness of their concept over the originality of their music.

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