Release Date: May 4, 2004
Record label: Nettwerk / Parlophone
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Singer-Songwriter
Never a man to use a string section where the London Philharmonic will do, Neil Hannon has a vision, and a wardrobe of crushed velvet, that's paralleled only by OutKast. By far the more specialised taste, he returns from a three-year break more detached from the mainstream than ever. Anyone with fond memories of fluke jollities such as National Express and Something for the Weekend will be flummoxed by Absent Friends's Jacques Brelian melodrama.