not a member? click here to sign up

The Duckworth Lewis Method

Concept album about cricket from Divine Comedy and Pugwash frontmen hits the sweet spot

Rating: 7 / 10

Olaf Tyaransen, 22 Jun 2009



Cricket seems to be very much the sport of the Irish zeitgeist at the moment, what with our national team not entirely disgracing themselves in the World Twenty20, Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland picking up major literary awards, and now this quirky concept album from Neil ‘Divine Comedy’ Hannon and Thomas ‘Pugwash’ Walsh. Released to coincide with this summer’s Ashes tour, it features no less than 12 original songs about the sport. Howzat for a wicket idea?

To the uninitiated, the ‘Duckworth Lewis Method’ refers to a complex mathematical system of calculating the target score for the team batting second in a one-day cricket match that’s interrupted by weather or other circumstances. Although the concept of making an entire album of songs devoted to the gentlemanly sport of leather and willows might seem rather offbeat, the combined talents of Messrs Walsh and Hannon ensure that it’s no mere one-listen novelty release.

It opens with the sound of birdsong, presumably recorded on a perfect summer afternoon, before ‘The Coin Toss’ decides whether Duckworth (Walsh) or Lewis (Hannon) steps out to bat first. This segues nicely into vintage sounding lead single ‘The Age Of Revolution’: “Always denied entry by the English gentry/Now we’re driving Bentleys, playing Twenty20.”

Fortunately, it soon becomes obvious that you don’t have to like, or even know the first thing about, cricket to enjoy some of this marvellously inventive album’s melodic, harmonious and poptastic delights. ‘The Sweet Spot’ is a Beatles/T.Rex rock ‘n’ roller featuring a guest appearance from Cathy Davey (‘Flatten The Hay’ is also decidedly Fab Four influenced). The brilliant ‘Jiggery Pokery’ tells the tale of the Gatting Ball (google it!) and features cameos from Phil Jupitus and Alexander Armstrong, while The Mighty Boosh’s Matt Berry contributes a spoken word piece to ‘Mason On The Boundary’. ‘The Nightwatchman’, meanwhile, is probably Hannon’s greatest character study since ‘Eric The Gardener’.

Overall, while DLM certainly won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, it’s cool as a cucumber sandwich. How it’ll compare to Oasis’s forthcoming album about the offside rule remains to be seen.

Key Track: ‘The Nightwatchman’


Rating: 7 / 10
Artist Related Content

Latest Related Articles For This Artist

The Duckworth Lewis Method live at The Olympia Theatre

According to Maureen, the Olympia’s legendary matriarch, Laurel and Hardy appeared at the Dame Street venue shortly after she started working there back in 1949.


REVIEW: 10 Dec 2013

The Duckworth Lewis Method, Olympia Theatre

The Duckworth Lewis Method playing at the Olympia Theatre on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013


Gallery: 28 Nov 2013

Duckworth Lewis Method announce Irish dates

Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh are coming your way...


News: 17 Sep 2013

Hot Press Meets The Duckworth Lewis Method

Second time out, cricket duo Duckworth Lewis Method have raised the star power of their starting selection, with Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry and Crowded House’s Neil Finn all popping up. They explain how the globe-hopping odyssey was put together...


Interview: 17 Jul 2013

It's Just Not Cricket


REVIEW: 17 Jul 2013

best of ireland

Contact Us

Hot Press,
13 Trinity Street,
Dublin 2.
Rep. Of Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 241 1500

Email:info@hotpress.ie

Click here for more contact information.

Click here to find out more about Hot Press

Hot Press always welcomes feed back so if you've got something to tell us click here.

Advertise With Us

For more detail on how to advertise with Hot Press click here or call us on +353 (1) 241 1540