I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to the work of Neil Hannon. When I’m in the mood, his music is an absolute delight; when I’m not, it can be difficult to listen to. Perhaps it’s just me, but there it is. I was in the right frame of mind when I listened to Victory for the Comic Muse, four years after its release (presumably, then, I haven’t been in the right frame of mind for all that time), and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As with a great deal of Hannon’s songs, his lyrics are clever and rich, and could stand alone as engaging short stories. When combined with his sweeping melodies and trademark croon, it’s a recipe for success.