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The Divine Comedy Office Politics

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  • Released: June 14, 2019
  • Originally Released: 2019
  • Label: Divine Comedy

Entertainment Reviews:

Paste (magazine) - "OFFICE POLITICS is, in essence, Flight of the Conchords for the cubical-bound set, winding it all up with the deep-sigh 'When the Working Day is Done.'"
Clash (Magazine) - "OFFICE POLITICS finds the underrated genius as acerbic and creatively inspired as ever."


  • 1.Queuejumper
  • 2.Office Politics
  • 3.Norman And Norma
  • 4.Absolutely Obsolete
  • 5.Infernal Machines
  • 6.You'll Never Work In This Town Again
  • 7.Psychological Evaluation
  • 8.The Synthesiser Service Centre Super Summer Sale
  • 9.The Life And Soul Of The Party
  • 10.A Feather In Your Cap
  • 11.I'm A Stranger Here
  • 12.Dark Days Are Here Again
  • 13.Philip And Steve's Furniture Removal Company
  • 14.'Opportunity' Knox
  • 15.After The Lord Mayor's Show
  • 16.When The Working Day Is Done

Product Description:

Personnel: Warren Zielinski, Lucy Wilkins, Richard George, Gillon Cameron, Tom Pigott-Smith, Perry Montague-Mason, Alison Dods, Natalia Bonner, Patrick Kiernan (violin); Reiad Chibah, Emma Owens, Bruce White (viola); Ian Burdge, Caroline Dale, Chris Worsey (cello); Eliza Marshall (flute); Martin Robertson (clarinet); Max Spiers (oboe); Richard Skinner (bassoon); Dan Newell (trumpet); John Ryan , David Pyatt (French horn); Mark Templeton , Richard Edwards (trombone); Owen Slade (tuba).
Recording information: Air Studios, London; Fluff!, London; Herbert Place and Sonic Studios, Dublin; Snap Studios, London; The Menagerite, Kildare.
Photographer: Ben Meadows.
Neil Hannon opens his 12th Divine Comedy effort with the bustling "Queuejumper," a wry takedown of serial line cutters ("Red lights don't apply to me") that feels like an ancillary story in the "National Express" universe. Office Politics' titular cut sets the tone for what follows, leaning hard into satire and dialing back on the chamber pop of recent outings in favor of a more electronics-forward approach. While Hannon's bourgeois rapping can be a tad divisive, he remains a compelling raconteur, spinning yarns both lurid and lovely, like a Dickensian mash-up of Gilbert O'Sullivan, Oscar Wilde, and Luke Haines -- this is a man who co-fronts a group (the Duckworth Lewis Method) devoted entirely to the sport of cricket. There are plenty of classic Hannon-esque characters to be found here. The long-married "Norman and Norma," looking for any kind of romantic spark, find their libidos stoked after attending a reenactment of a battle between the Normans and the Saxons in the seaside tourist town of Clacton, while the succinctly named "Philip and Steve's Furniture Removal Company" details an imagined sitcom (including the theme song) about Philip Glass and Steve Reich's early days in New York, with an appropriate amount of minimalist looping. Elsewhere, the tech-shaming "Infernal Machines" flirts with muscular, Goldfrapp-y electro-pop, the rain-soaked "A Stranger Here" evokes Brel-era Scott Walker, and the resounding, "Bolero"-esque closer "When the Working Day Is Done" harkens back to winningly indulgent greats like "Sunrise" and "Our Mutual Friend." Both confounding and compelling, Office Politics, like much of Hannon's work, feels a bit like a magnificently rendered lark, but as per usual, it's hard not to admire the craftsmanship. ~ James Christopher Monger

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