Release Date: 21/08/2020
Victory For The Comic Muse was first released in 2006. Recorded virtually live in the studio over a two-week period, 'Victory...’ showcased Neil's restless creativity and his flair for observation and narrative. Pitchfork said, "These songs set lofty goals, and realize them" while The Guardian called it a “triumphant comeback” and Spin declared "[Hannon] deserves to be recognized as the unsung genius of symphonic pop." Singles from the album include To Die A Virgin, Diva Lady and live favourite A Lady Of A Certain Age.
The CD release consists of 2 discs: the original remastered album, with a second CD of B-sides, demos and alternate versions lovingly curated by Neil Hannon, much of which has never been heard before. The CD comes with a booklet of photos, credits and extensive liner notes written by Neil covering the context and inspiration behind the album and its songs.
To mark the release, The Divine Comedy play five nights at the Barbican in London in early September and then later the same month, five nights at the Cite de la Musique in Paris. Performing as an eleven-piece ensemble, the band will play two albums from their catalogue in full each night. Absent Friends and Victory For The Comic Muse will be performed on the 5th September in London and the 28th Sept in Paris.
To Die A Virgin
A Lady Of A Certain Age
The Light Of Day
Party Fears Two
Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World
Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont
Snowball In Negative
Births, Deaths And Marriages
Diva Lady (acoustic version)
Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (early idea)
Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (instrumental)
Don't Blame The Young
Long Slow Suicide
To Die A Virgin (early idea)
A Little Bit Of Love (Goes A Long Long Way)
Elaine (alternate version)
A Lady Of A Certain Age (instrumental)
Premonition Of Love