Having completed his third full decade as a recording artist and announcing the treasure trove that is 'Charmed Life - The Best Of The Divine Comedy' out February 4th 2022 - Neil Hannon today drops the highly anticipated new single 'The Best Mistakes'.
Led by uplifting strings that open up the new offering into an explosion of raw, honest joy, 'The Best Mistakes' sees Neil at his finest, a timely reminder of his songwriting legacy, further cementing him as a musical great.
"I began writing The Best Mistakes around 2007/8", says Neil. "I got stuck after the first chorus and put it to one side. It wasn't until I was putting together this compilation that the concept of 'my best mistakes' suddenly made sense. Success and failure are two sides of the same coin. You can't have one without the other."
The video for 'The Best Mistakes', directed by long term collaborator Raphaël Neal, finds Neil in retrospective mode casting a reflective gaze over his career. Raphaël says: "It was Neil's idea to have moments from his career projected onto him. Going through 30 years of imagery was really moving - so rich in colours, costumes, stories. We were witnessing an artist's journey. The song is about looking behind with kindness, remembering the highs and the lows, but also pays tribute to being at peace with the present. As Neil says in the lyrics, "if I had to choose between then and now I'd choose now."
Watch the video for 'The Best Mistakes' - BELOW:
A 24 track career-spanning roster of hit singles and fan favourites, compiled by Neil and remastered at Abbey Road Studios, 'Charmed Life' includes monumental tracks 'National Express', 'Something For The Weekend', 'Songs of Love', 'Our Mutual Friend', 'A Lady of A Certain Age', 'To The Rescue' and 'Norman and Norma' - as well as 'The Best Mistakes.'
The Best Of will arrive as a 24 track standard 2CD; double heavyweight black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with download card; limited edition double heavyweight colour vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with download card; and as a limited edition 3CD edition containing the 24 track Best Of as well as "Super Extra Bonus Album" - a collection of new and unreleased recordings.
In 1990 musical history was made when a 20-year-old Neil Hannon signed his first record deal and began releasing one glorious album after another under the name The Divine Comedy. Twelve magnificent albums and hundreds of spellbinding shows later, Neil Hannon is now, without doubt, a national treasure and one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation.
Neil Hannon is also writing original songs for the film 'Wonka', starring Timothée Chalamet, set to open in theatres on March 17th, 2023.
The Divine Comedy will be touring in Spring 2022. Tickets are on sale now from HERE.
Sunday 6th - Teatro Kursaal San Sebastian, Spain
Monday 7th - Casa da Música Porto, Portugal
Tuesday 8th - Aula Magna Lisbon, Portugal
Wednesday 9th - Teatro Nuevo Apolo Madrid, Spain
Thursday 10th - Palau de la Musica Catalana Barcelona, Spain
Sunday 13th - Le Bikini Toulouse, France
Tuesday 15th - Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
Wednesday 16th - Volkshaus Zürich, Switzerland
Thursday 17th - Triennale Milano Milan, Italy
Saturday 19th - Paloma Nîmes, France
Sunday 20th - La Coopérative de Mai Clermont-Ferrand,
Monday 21st - Le Rocher de Palmer Bordeaux, France
Tuesday 22nd - La Sirène La Rochelle, France
Thursday 24th - Stereolux Nantes, France
Friday 25th - Le MeM Rennes, France
Saturday 26th - Philharmonie Luxembourg Luxembourg
Sunday 27th - La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
Tuesday 29th - Le Grand Rex Paris, France
Wednesday 30th - Théâtre Sébastopol Lille, France
Thursday 31st - De Roma Antwerp, Belgium
April 2022 Saturday 2nd - Gloria-Theater Cologne, Germany
Sunday 3rd - TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
Monday 4th - Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 5th - Gruenspan Hamburg, Germany
Thursday 7th - Bremen Teater Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday 8th - Rockefeller Music Hall Oslo, Norway
Saturday 9th - Nalen Stockholm, Sweden
Monday 25th - Symphony Hall Birmingham, England
Tuesday 26th - The Bridgewater Hall Manchester, England
Wednesday 27th - Usher Hall Edinburgh, Scotland
Friday 29th - Dome Brighton, England
Saturday 30th - Barbican York, England
May 2022 Sunday 1st - Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, England
Tuesday 3rd - Palladium London, England
Thursday 5th - Corn Exchange Cambridge, England
Friday 6th - Regent Ipswich, England
Sunday 8th - New Theatre Oxford, England
Monday 9th - O2 Guildhall Southampton, England
Tuesday 10th - The Forum Bath, England
Thursday 12th - St David’s Hall Cardiff, England
Friday 13th - Victoria Theatre Halifax, England
Saturday 14th - O2 City Hall Newcastle, England
Sunday 15th - Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, England
Tuesday 17th - Cork Opera House Cork, Ireland
Thursday 19th - Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Friday 20th - Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Saturday 21st - Waterfront Hall Belfast, Northern Ireland