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A Short Album About Love

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Recorded  20 October 1996
A Short Album About Love (1997)  Fin de Siècle (1998)
Release date  10 February 1997
Length  31:58
Artist  The Divine Comedy
Label  Setanta Records
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Released  10 February 1997 (1997-02-10)
Studio  Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Genres  Baroque pop, Orchestral pop
Similar  The Divine Comedy albums, Baroque pop albums, Other albums

A Short Album About Love is the fifth album by The Divine Comedy, released in 1997.


The divine comedy in pursuit of happiness

Track listing

All songs written by Neil Hannon except where stated.

  1. "In Pursuit of Happiness" – 3:31
  2. "Everybody Knows (Except You)" – 3:48
  3. "Someone" – 5:58
  4. "If..." – 4:25
  5. "If I Were You (I'd Be Through with Me)" – 4:41
  6. "Timewatching" – 4:42
  7. "I'm All You Need" – 4:51
Bonus tracks
  1. "Motorway to Damascus"*
  2. "Love Is Lighter Than Air"* (Stephin Merritt)
  3. "Birds of Paradise Farm"*
  4. "Make It Easy on Yourself"* (Burt Bacharach and Hal David)

The tracks which are starred are bonus tracks which are on certain pressings of the album.

"Everybody Knows (Except You)" was released as a single on three separate CDs, each one featuring an extra three live tracks. It became one of the band's biggest hits, reaching number fourteen in the UK charts.

The middle eight of "In Pursuit Of Happiness" was subsequently adopted as the theme for the TV series Tomorrow's World. The original version was used for one season of the show, with a specially-recorded version being substituted thereafter.


The Divine Comedy:

  • Neil Hannon - vocals, guitar
  • Ivor Talbot - guitar
  • Bryan Mills - bass guitar
  • Joby Talbot - piano, orchestral arrangements
  • Stuart "Pinkie" Bates - Hammond organ
  • Miguel Barradas - drums
  • The Brunel Ensemble:

  • Simon Baggs - violin, orchestra leader
  • Lisa Betteridge, Kate Birchall, Krista Juanita Caspersz, Emily Davis, Benjamin Harte, Mary Martin, Timothy Myall, Benjamin Nabarro, Juliet Warden - violins
  • Yannick Dondelinger, Zoe Lake, Jong On Lau, John Murphy - violas
  • Betsy Taylor, Robbie Jacobs, Douncan Moulton - celli
  • Peter Devlin, Philip Dawson - double basses
  • Max Spiers - oboe
  • Charlotte Glasson - saxophone, flute
  • Matthew Gunner - horn
  • Simon Jones - trumpet
  • Adam Howard - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jane Butterfield - trombone
  • Robert Farrer - percussion
  • Christopher Austin - conductor


    1In Pursuit of Happiness3:30
    2Everybody Knows (Except You)3:49


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