A Short Album About Love

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A Short Album About Love
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Studio album by The Divine Comedy
Released 10 February 1997 (1997-02-10)
Recorded 20 October 1996
Studio Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Genre Orchestral pop
Length 31:58
Label Setanta
The Divine Comedy chronology
Casanova (album)
A Short Album About Love
Fin de Siècle
Singles from A Short Album About Love
  1. "Everybody Knows (Except You)"
    Released: 10 March 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

A Short Album About Love is the fifth album by The Divine Comedy, released in 1997.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Hannon except where stated.

  1. "In Pursuit of Happiness" – 3:31
  2. "Everybody Knows (Except You)" – 3:48
  3. "Someone" – 5:58
  4. "If..." – 4:25
  5. "If I Were You (I'd Be Through with Me)" – 4:41
  6. "Timewatching" – 4:42
  7. "I'm All You Need" – 4:51
Bonus tracks
  1. "Motorway to Damascus"*
  2. "Love Is Lighter Than Air"* (Stephin Merritt)
  3. "Birds of Paradise Farm"*
  4. "Make It Easy on Yourself"* (Burt Bacharach and Hal David)

The tracks which are starred are bonus tracks which are on certain pressings of the album.

"Everybody Knows (Except You)" was released as a single on three separate CDs, each one featuring an extra three live tracks. It became one of the band's biggest hits, reaching number fourteen in the UK charts.

The middle eight of "In Pursuit Of Happiness" was subsequently adopted as the theme for the TV series Tomorrow's World. The original version was used for one season of the show, with a specially-recorded version being substituted thereafter.


The Divine Comedy:

  • Neil Hannon - vocals, guitar
  • Ivor Talbot - guitar
  • Bryan Mills - bass guitar
  • Joby Talbot - piano, orchestral arrangements
  • Stuart "Pinkie" Bates - Hammond organ
  • Miguel Barradas - drums

The Brunel Ensemble:

  • Simon Baggs - violin, orchestra leader
  • Lisa Betteridge, Kate Birchall, Krista Juanita Caspersz, Emily Davis, Benjamin Harte, Mary Martin, Timothy Myall, Benjamin Nabarro, Juliet Warden - violins
  • Yannick Dondelinger, Zoe Lake, Jong On Lau, John Murphy - violas
  • Betsy Taylor, Robbie Jacobs, Douncan Moulton - celli
  • Peter Devlin, Philip Dawson - double basses
  • Max Spiers - oboe
  • Charlotte Glasson - saxophone, flute
  • Matthew Gunner - horn
  • Simon Jones - trumpet
  • Adam Howard - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jane Butterfield - trombone
  • Robert Farrer - percussion

Christopher Austin - conductor