Elephant's Graveyard





A few months back I shamelessly professed my admiration for singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt's music when he released his third album, Strangers. Now, Ed Harcourt is presenting a unique and special album to the table. It is an anthology of 28 download only B-sides and rarities including previously unreleased songs (and re-recorded ones too) that span from 2000-2005. If you are not familiar with his work, or are already a devout fan, this collection is worth picking up. Not only does it act as a great introduction to the musician, but it also acts as an awesome addition to complete a collection. The really cool thing about this album is that you feel like you are going on a journey through Ed Harcourt's career and can follow along with the progression of his work. This guy is multifaceted like a fine gem. One minute he borders on lovesick, quiet lullabye-esque tunes (like "The Hammer And The Nail"), and the next second he is angry and expressing raw, unruly energized emotions (such as with "The Unlucky One"). One of the standout tracks is "Still I Dream Of It", which is a cover of Brian Wilson's version with The Beach Boys. Originally there was only 3,000 copies of this cover made and Ed's version holds up on its own. If the listener didn't know any better they would think it was really one of Ed's songs, which is something I love to think when listening to covers. While we are on the subject of other people's songs, there is also an unmastered version of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" on the album that was recorded at Abbey Road that is pretty good as well. Three more noteworthy tracks are "Coal Black Heart", "Blackwoods Back Home", and "Sleepyhead", which were all outtakes from his first record, and my favorite of his, Here Be Monsters. This is also when Ed's voice teeters on sounding like Jeff Buckley shaking hands with Joseph Arthur and Tom Waits. I could go on and on about each track, but I will spare you. Besides, the longer I gush over it, the less time you have where you could have been listening to it. Just do yourself a favor and buy it... you can thank me later.

Ed Harcourt
Astralwerks

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Elephant's Graveyard