The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes the Knighthood (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (2010/2020) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes the Knighthood (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (2010/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:51:23 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Divine Comedy Records

Bang Goes The Knighthood was first released in 2010. Written in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Bang.. took an acerbic look into the lives of the rich and powerful, and their impact on the rest of us “down in the street below.” It was described in the Sunday Times as “a collection worthy of Randy Newman at his best” while Pitchfork said, “Neil Hannon continues to quietly and effectively operate his own one-man niche, thanks to impeccable arrangements and tightrope-walking songwriting.” Includes the singles At The Indie Disco and I Like, and live favourites Assume The Perpendicular and The Complete Banker.

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.

Neil Hannon’s tenth full-length album under the Divine Comedy banner finds the jovial tunesmith expounding on the elegant, aristocratic chamber pop that has become his forte since the project’s inception over two decades ago. The lighter, more orchestral tone that began with 2004’s glorious Absent Friends is in full effect on Bang Goes the Knighthood, a breezy 12-song concoction of witticisms and laments populated with the usual assortment of hopeless romantics, ballers, and gadflys and clueless upper-class youth. Hannon’s fetish for Scott Walker/Burt Bacharach/Oscar Wilde-isms comes full circle on the theatrical opener, “Down in the Streets Below”; the jaunty “Neapolitan Girl” skips effortlessly through the city on a foundation of Serge Gainsbourg strings; and “The Lost Art of Conversation” celebrates the great orators of politics, philosophy, and literature with one of the more effortless piano-driven Beatlesque melodies that the artist has crafted to date. Not very powerful stuff, but Hannon’s built a career on being the tipsy and outgoing though secretly lonesome partygoer on the veranda with the best jokes, and while the whole affair can feel a bit slight, it’s certainly never dull. Cheers. – James Christopher Monger

Disc 1 (44:57)
1. Down In The Street Below (2020 remaster) (05:09)
2. The Complete Banker (2020 remaster) (03:43)
3. Neapolitan Girl (2020 remaster) (02:49)
4. Bang Goes The Knighthood (2020 remaster) (02:48)
5. At The Indie Disco (2020 remaster) (03:18)
6. Have You Ever Been In Love (2020 remaster) (03:10)
7. Assume The Perpendicular (2020 remaster) (04:06)
8. The Lost Art Of Conversation (2020 remaster) (04:01)
9. Island Life (2020 remaster) (04:38)
10. When A Man Cries (2020 remaster) (03:54)
11. Can You Stand Upon One Leg (2020 remaster) (03:32)
12. I Like (2020 remaster) (03:49)

Disc 2 (01:06:26)
1. Assume The Perpendicular (alternate version) (04:07)
2. On The Barge (demo) (04:09)
3. At The Indie Disco (demo 1) (03:12)
4. Girl Overboard (04:17)
5. Bang Goes The Knighthood (alternate version) (01:57)
6. Beside The Railway Tracks (02:56)
7. Have You Ever Been In Love (alternate version) (03:33)
8. Oh Christina (03:35)
9. Ya Sumeera (02:36)
10. Down In The Street Below (demo) (04:52)
11. Island Life (demo) (03:23)
12. The Bitter End (03:55)
13. When A Man Cries (demo) (03:50)
14. The Loneliest Man In The World (04:17)
15. The Circular Firing Squad (02:48)
16. At The Indie Disco (demo 2) (03:26)
17. What’s Wrong With You (alternate Lost Art Of Conversation) (03:40)
18. Wide Open Spaces (demo) (02:22)
19. I Like (alternate version) (03:31)