The Duckworth Lewis Method
Submitted by illuminatus on 1 July 2013 - 5:25pm
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
Four years after our heroes Mr Duckworth and Mr Lewis (aka Messrs Hannon and Walsh) retired to the pavilion following their rollicking debut, comes a second knock for our Irish cricket- & Lynne-loving chums. An innings defeat or Ashes glory? Thankfully, it's the latter. Like the first album, it's a heady mix of styles: strings, aching balladry, coruscating, bright pop, electronica, faintly Edwardian whimsy and a touch of wistful melancholia. It really shouldn't work, but it so does. Ironically, it's a quintessentially English album made by two Irishmen. Huzzah! Highlights include It's Just Not Cricket and Third Man, which are full of the lush ELO style strings from around the time of A New World Record or Out Of The Blue. Guest voice appearances by the likes of Daniel Radcliffe on Third Man and Henry Blofeld on It's Just Not Cricket are just the perfect icing on some already beautifully-layered melodic confections. Other guest appearances are more surprising but no less enjoyable.
What does it all *mean*?:
For someone who adores things beardly Brummie, if you get my drift), it's a delight. Lots of well-crafted, lilting pop songs, done well.
Goes well with …:
The first album, Out of the Blue, A New World Record.
Might suit people who like …:
Bearded Brummie purveyors of lush, string driven pop, possibly with a distinctive snare drum sound. Failing that, anyone with a pulse who likes lovely pop music. ;)