The Divine Comedy

Everybody Knows (But You) [Single #1]

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The title track is a very nice song from A Short Album About Love, but the truly winning numbers here are definitely the B-sides. Starting with this single and spread out over its two siblings are a total of nine tracks from a London show in 1996, with a 35-person ensemble performing both hits, obscurities and new cover versions in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd. First here is a cover of the old Bacharach/David standard "Make It Easy on Yourself" -- it's a fair effort, though Hannon sounds like he's enjoying it mostly for the Vegas smarm factor, however lovingly delivered. "A Drinking Song" succeeds better, the audience gleefully shouting out key lines along with him as the wobbly, jaunty feeling of the original turns into a total showstopper live. "Something for the Weekend," as befitting its hit single status, smashes the place apart with a bravura performance from singer and backing musicians alike.

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