Regeneration (The Divine Comedy album)

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Studio album by The Divine Comedy
Released 12 March 2001 (2001-03-12)
Recorded 2000
Studio RAK Studio
Genre Chamber pop, Alternative rock
Length 49:53
Label Parlophone
Producer Nigel Godrich
The Divine Comedy chronology
A Secret History... The Best of the Divine Comedy
(1999)A Secret History... The Best of the Divine Comedy1999
Absent Friends
(2004)Absent Friends2004
Singles from Regeneration
  1. "Love What You Do"
    Released: 26 February 2001
  2. "Bad Ambassador"
    Released: 14 May 2001
  3. "Perfect Lovesong"
    Released: 29 October 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
musicOMH (positive)[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[3]

Regeneration is the seventh studio album by The Divine Comedy - and their first for Parlophone/EMI - released on 12 March 2001. Three singles were released from the album: "Love What You Do", "Bad Ambassador" and "Perfect Lovesong", the latter failing to make top 40.


Produced by Nigel Godrich, known for his work with Radiohead, this album is distinctly different from Neil Hannon's other work and was darker in tone than what The Divine Comedy's listeners had come to expect.[4] It leans towards more stripped-down, sombre tunes than the catchy, orchestral-driven songs for which the band are best known. In this respect, the album is slightly reminiscent of the debut Fanfare for the Comic Muse. It is a more group-concentrated effort, hence the more organic sound.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Hannon.

No. Title Length
1. "Timestretched" 2:48
2. "Bad Ambassador" 3:45
3. "Perfect Lovesong" 3:10
4. "Note to Self" 5:59
5. "Lost Property" 4:39
6. "Eye of the Needle" 5:33
7. "Love What You Do" 3:52
8. "Dumb It Down" 3:56
9. "Mastermind" 5:21
10. "Regeneration" 5:33
11. "The Beauty Regime" 5:11


  1. ^ Regeneration at AllMusic
  2. ^ musicOMH
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media
  4. ^ Laurence, Alexander (March 2002). "The Divine Comedy". Retrieved 1 January 2013.