The Divine Comedy – Our Mutual Friend (2004)

The Divine Comedy‘s Neil Hannon and regular collaborator/orchestrator Joby Talbot have written some gorgeous songs in their time (although Divine Comedy albums have rather too much filler for my tastes, they’re a brilliant ‘best of’ band). This one is really special, in my opinion. Hannon is a great musical storyteller and Talbot’s orchestral backing in this is fabulous, complementing the tale perfectly and building to a final two minutes of sorrowful, cathartic climax. Goose bumps every time!