Friday 20 October 2017

Hannon and Walsh hit a six

Wicket: Thomas Walsh and Neil Hannon ruminate on cricket.
Wicket: Thomas Walsh and Neil Hannon ruminate on cricket.
The Duckworth Lewis Method, Sticky Wickets
John Meagher

John Meagher

Album Review: The Duckworth Lewis Method, Sticky Wickets (Divine Comedy Records) 3 Stars

Four years ago, Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh of the decidedly lesser- known Pugwash released an album in thrall to the venerable sport of cricket.

They must have been surprised by the innings enjoyed by that album – which went on to be nominated for an Ivor Novello songwriting award and almost bagged the Choice Music Prize.

This follow-up album retains the debut's eclecticism and sense of fun as it hop-scotches from one strand of pop to the next. Guests are thick on the ground this time: Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, appears as does Stephen Fry (who apparently loved their first album). There is also an appearance from Henry "Blowers" Blofeld, dubbed the Voice of Cricket in Britain, on the playful closer Nudging and Nurdling.

One's enjoyment of the album would likely be greatly enhanced by a working knowledge of the game, its great players and its storied history, but even those who can't tell their bats from their balls will appreciate Hannon and Walsh's talents for choruses to sing along to and melodies to earworm themselves into your brain.

KEY TRACKS It's Just Not Cricket; Nudging and Nurdling

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