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Absent Friends (album) by The Divine Comedy 

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Absent Friends
Absent Friends by The Divine Comedy (2004)
Release date: 2004-03-29
Overall rank: 3,606th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 52 votes)
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Accolades: Top albums of 2004 (71st)
Top albums of the 2000s (814th)
Best albums of all time (3,606th)

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The Divine Comedy bestography

Absent Friends is ranked 3rd best out of 13 albums by The Divine Comedy on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Divine Comedy is Casanova which is ranked number 2947 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 625.

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From JoaoMoreira 07/02/2013 18:07
Great sounding album and amazing lyrics. Refined Pop at its best.
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From Rovers 05/25/2013 23:11
I recently became acquainted with the Neil Hannon project "The Duckworth Lewis Method" and was very impressed by the album. British music tradition in the vein of great songwriters like Ray Davies and Pete Townsend.

I subsequently wanted to listen more closely to some of the recent The Divine Comedy, and the choice fell on the album "Absent Friends" from 2004. Perhaps it was not quite what I had hoped for although there without question are many beautiful songs on the album.

Some of the tracks are a little too heavily arranged for my taste - a little too grandiose. However, there are fine exceptions, where a simpler band-sound is predominant.

Tracks like "Come Home Billy Bird", "The Happy Goth" and the title track are melodic Brit-pop at its best.

Moreover, one must admit that songs like "Sticks and Stones," "Our Mutual Friend" and "Charmed Life" is very fine compositions.

Lyrically Hannon is a great storyteller. Good examples are "Our Mutual Friend" and "Come Home Billy Bird".
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From cgtreacy 06/16/2010 14:23
the whole album is a delight and was my first DC purchase... it prompted me to try more of DC's stuff.
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