The Divine Comedy

Everybody Knows (But You) [Single #2]

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Continuing the collection of live cuts from a 1996 London performance, the three B-sides here make a nicely varied portrait of Hannon's inspirations and musical approaches. The first track is an initially surprising but utterly appropriate cover of American Music Club's "Johnny Mathis' Feet"; while Hannon's almost over-the-top English accent bears little resemblance to Mark Eitzel's wracked vocals, he brings out the lyric's beaten passion wonderfully, while the theatrical punch of the original arrangement perfectly translates into the orchestral performance here. "Your Daddy's Car" gets a fairly straight reading; while a touch sprightlier than the original from Liberation, it otherwise is little different and is simply enjoyable. "Europe By Train," also from Liberation, gets the reworking of note here in comparison; the original's semi-experimental/noise approach here is turned into a truly refined, string-swept and hyperelegant instrumental which wends its stately way much like the title would indicate.

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