The Duckworth Lewis Method

The Duckworth Lewis Method

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Apart from the faux-reggae of 10cc's "Dreadlock Holiday," the quintessentially English game of cricket has never really enjoyed the kind of musical tributes afforded to football and rugby. But if anyone was going to attempt to evoke images of tea and cucumber sandwiches, freshly cut grass, and hazy summer afternoons, it would be the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon. No stranger to penning songs about the unlikeliest of subject matters (his previous output has tackled coach travel and losing trivial possessions), the latter-day Noël Coward has teamed up with fellow Irishman Thomas Walsh of Pugwash to record a self-titled concept album about the bat-and-ball game, under the guise of a rather obscure scoring system, the Duckworth Lewis Method. While almost the entirety of its lyrics will be lost on anyone who wasn't glued to the 2009 Ashes tour with which the album's release was perfectly timed (the ELO-esque prog pop of "Meeting Mr Miandad" tells of a road trip to meet a 1970s Pakistani cricket captain), an encyclopedic knowledge of the game isn't necessarily required to enjoy its quaint chamber pop sound. "The Age of Revolution," a diatribe against cricket's modern-day troubles, sees Hannon embrace a newfound funk side with its infectious music hall brass riffs underpinned by squelchy synths, psychedelic guitar solos, and languid grooves; the Mamas and the Papas-style harmonies of "Gentleman and Players," and the jaunty Beach Boys-inspired opener "The Coin Toss" are convincing forays into '60s California sun-soaked pop, while "The Nightwatchman" is an authentic slice of sophisticated retro-soul, complete with sweeping strings, understated jazz piano, and seductive basslines. However, there are occasions when the album sounds like it was far more fun to record than to listen to. "Jiggery Pokery" is a low-rent show tune which sees Brit comedians Phill Jupitus, Alexander Armstrong, and Matt Berry continually shout "baboon" against a backdrop which sounds suspiciously like Nellie the Elephant, the plodding knees-up glam rock of "The Sweet Spot" echoes Status Quo at their most three-chord-like, while "Test Match Special" is a forgettable rose-tinted, pub rock lament to listening to the game on the wireless. But while The Duckworth Lewis Method is sometimes a little too reminiscent of a boys' night out lock-in, it's still an admirably bold attempt to translate Hannon's love of cricket to his day job, which only further cements his country gent reputation.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2011
Label: Edge J26181
UPC: 5051083044905
catalogNumber: 04490
Rank: 80342

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duckworth Lewis Method   Primary Artist
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Thomas Walsh   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Mellotron
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Frank Schaefer   Cello
Bruce White   Viola
Everton Nelson   Violin,Leader
Neil Hannon   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Strings,Cello,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Human Whistle,Zither,Mellotron,Woodwind,Track Performer,Korg,Vocoder,Tubular Bells,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Perry Mason   Violin
Tim Weller   Drums
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Chris Worsey   Cello,Track Performer
Richard George   Violin
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Andrew Skeet   Track Performer
Matt Berry   Track Performer,Monologue
Cathy Davey   Vocals
Morgan Goff   Viola
Jonathan Brigden   Track Performer
Rob Farrer   Track Performer
Johnny Boyle   Drums
Keith Farrell   Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Upright Bass,Soloist
Tosh Flood   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Alexander Armstrong   Track Performer
Phill Jupitus   Track Performer
Alison Dods   Violin
Keith Farrell   Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Matt Lunson   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Thomas Walsh   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Creative Consultant
Guy Massey   Engineer
Neil Hannon   Arranger,Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Creative Consultant,Whistle
Tim Weller   Drum Recordings
Andrew Skeet   String Conductor
Jonathan Brigden   String Contractor
Daragh Bohan   Creative Consultant
Keith Farrell   Engineer
Keith Farrell   Engineer,Whistle

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