The Divine Comedy

Becoming More Like Alfie [Single]

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The title track was another deserved British hit for Hannon, but the three B-sides here are a bit of a mixed bag. "Untitled Melody," a cover of an Edwyn Collins number, starts with a sprightly piano part before sliding into a band/string arrangement; Hannon's delivery of his Scottish kindred spirit's love-as-sport-of-wit lyric is fine, but it's one of Collins' slighter compositions. "Your Daddy's Car" is a radio session take of the Liberation album track with a six-piece touring band; it's a good performance of a good tune. "The Dogs and the Horses (NYC acoustic)" turns out to be the keeper, with Hannon accompanying himself on piano on a take of the Casanova track and deftly delivering one of his sharpest lyrics with a veddy English passion.

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