Strangers





I have a confession to make. I first heard of Ed Harcourt nearly four years ago. I was moving to Los Angeles from Texas to begin my career in the music industry, and one of the first artists that I was going to claim as my own was Ed Harcourt. On first listen of that album, Here Be Monsters, I glanced over the music because as most young twenty-something girls would agree, Ed is cute. After time (I should say after a few weeks) I realized what a great musician he is. His live shows are full with witty antics, pounding piano, andhe radiates a charming personality. Now, almost four years later not only have I grown and matured, but Ed has as well. In the years since his debut work Ed has learned to relax. He has settled into his own creativity, which is something that some artists never actually manage to do. His latest work, Strangers came out last year overseas and is set to land here on February 1 via Astralwerks. I was quite taken with how great this record is in comparison to his past works. Anyone that thinks they know what Ed is about needs to listen to this record to really get a glimpse into his mind. He is not your mother and father’s singer-songwriter. The album starts off with arguably the best song titled “The Storm Is Coming” which could easily fall into any alternative programmed radio station’s rotation considering the programmer has a brain. This is followed by “Born In The Seventies”, a fun almost sing-along track that is not only uplifting; but recalls what it is like to be someone of Ed’s age, which happens to be mine as well. Another standout track is “Loneliness” which comes up towards the end of the record and features a female duet with Ed. It is really hard to pick a favorite song on Strangers, a problem I had with Joseph Arthur’s Our Shadows Will Remain last year. If I had to pick a highlight it would be that Ed masters the art of being able to bounce between drunken romanticism and sensational songwriting. The result is a recipe for something beautiful.

Ed Harcourt
Astralwerks

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Strangers