The Divine Comedy

Something for the Weekend [Single]

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The three B-sides here make for a nicely mixed taster for the Divine Comedy; it's a good place to start for new fans. "Songs of Love" later ended up on Casanova, along with the title track; both are among Hannon's best tunes. "Birds of Paradise Farm" is a lighter tune, but effectively breezy, a gentle romp reflecting on love while slipping in random references to saints and artists. The interesting surprise here is a cover of the Magnetic Fields' "Love Is Lighter Than Air." It's notably crisper and more straightforwardly performed than the original, though Hannon expertly mimics Stephin Merritt's mournful tones, while also establishing himself as a kindred spirit to the Fields' mainman, equally enamored of blending pop styles and atypically ruminative love lyrics.

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