The Divine Comedy

The Frog Princess [#1]

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The sweeping title track, one of Hannon's best mega-'60s MOR numbers, gets three radically different partners on this disc. "Motorway to Damascus" lets Hannon dig out an early-'80s jones with a spooky, beautifully chilly Visage/Japan synth number over which he sings a barbed lyric about how the grand structures of today might yet be the romantic ruins of the future. "A Woman of the World" appears in a full band arrangement, but otherwise differs little from the Casanova version, being jaunty and funny if not one of Hannon's best. "Lucy," Hannon's adaptation of the Wordsworth poem which originally surfaced on Liberation, appears here in the original demo form; hissier and radically simpler than the splashy album version, in its own low-key synth/drum machine way it's even more of a charmer, and could easily compare to some of Stephin Merritt's wistfully electronic songs.

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