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The Divine Comedy, ‘Victory for the Comic Muse’ (Parlophone)

It’s hard to listen to one of Irish roué Neil Hannon’s lush records without imagining him in an ascot and smoking jacket drinking a brandy. Whether relating to a horny teen’s plea (“To Die a Virgin”) or sneering that a pop diva indeed has “special needs,” Hannon gazes at hypocrisy and other annoyances with a jaundiced, often hilarious eye. And with a voice that over nine albums has matured into a buttery croon, he deserves to be recognized as the unsung genius of symphonic pop.

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