Liberation (The Divine Comedy album)

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Studio album by The Divine Comedy
Released 16 August 1993 (1993-08-16)
Recorded March 1993
Fundamental, London.
Genre Pop,[1] art pop[2]
Length 51:57
Label Setanta
Producer Neil Hannon, Darren Allison
The Divine Comedy chronology
Fanfare for the Comic Muse
Singles from Liberation
  1. "Lucy"
    Released: 18 October 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Hot Press (10/12)[1]
NME (positive)[3]

Liberation is a 1993 album by The Divine Comedy, released on Setanta. It was the second album to be released by The Divine Comedy, although the band's leader, Neil Hannon, often refers to it as the first due to the stylistic differences of the earlier album, Fanfare for the Comic Muse.[citation needed] The album was recorded over the space of twelve days in March, 1993 by Hannon and Darren Allison. Hannon played most of the instruments on the album, while Allison was the recording engineer and drummer.[citation needed]

The album was released to much critical acclaim but little commercial success. It features harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, French horn, and a Hammond B3 organ.[citation needed] Several of the songs are inspired by (or refer to) works of literature: "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is based on the short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "Three Sisters" is about the play of the same name by Anton Chekhov; "Lucy" is an amalgamation of three of the Lucy poems by William Wordsworth; "Timewatching" is inspired by the popular song "When I Fall In Love"; "Death of a Supernaturalist" is preceded by a quote from A Room with a View by E. M. Forster, spoken by Julian Sands and Daniel Day-Lewis and sampled from the Merchant-Ivory film of the same name. More playfully, "Festive Road" is a tribute to the children's television programme Mr Benn.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Neil Hannon; additional lyrics on "Lucy" by William Wordsworth

  1. "Festive Road" – 1:56
  2. "Death of a Supernaturalist" – 3:18
  3. "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" – 4:00
  4. "I Was Born Yesterday" – 3:29
  5. "Your Daddy's Car" – 3:55
  6. "Europop" – 4:30
  7. "Timewatching" – 3:53
  8. "The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count" – 4:19
  9. "Queen of the South" – 4:27
  10. "Victoria Falls" – 4:10
  11. "Three Sisters" – 4:42
  12. "Europe by Train" – 4:27
  13. "Lucy" – 4:39


  • Neil Hannon - Vocals, guitars, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, harpsichord, organ
  • Darren Allison - Drums, Percussion
  • Lucy Castle - Viola, Violin
  • Monica Scott - Cello
  • Quentin Hutchinson - French horn