- Audio CD (9 Jun. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced, Import
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000095J1F
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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From Every Sphere Enhanced, Import
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I received 'Here Be Monsters' as a gift from my brother for Christmas and was dubious. Believing as I did, that he was more of the David Gray mould (great, but not exactly my favourite). But I loved it and bought this, his second Album. (Technically his third, the EP 'Maplewood' not really an album as such.) I bought it and took it to Paris with me.
I was enjoying the album all week when I went to the Eiffel Tower and watching in the gathering gloom as the lights began to glow... There is a point in the title track "From Every Sphere" where a small explosion goes off on beat. As that happened the tower exploded itself into bright sparkling lights. From that point on my view of the world is slightly different and this album was instrumental in that.
Pointless anecdote I know, but this album is a treasure trove of emotion, musical dexterity and wonderful design. Songs like "All of Your Days Will Be Blessed" and "The Birds Will Sing For Us" make you smile, while "Bleed A River Deep" and "Sister Renee" have, literally made me cry. With samples, programmed beats, harmonious vocals, loud guitars, drums and Bass, sweeping orchestral scores and vignette creating lyrics, there is more than a touch of the Beatles about it's production but every second is never over-egged. In many places so achingly sparse you long for the baroque-esque piano at the centre of all his songs to burst into a full band.
It has served as a theme tune to my life over the last year when a lot has happened. My first long-term relationship, advancing careers and my father battling with Cancer. That alone shows the scope of the music on this album.
Ed is a songwriter born. A blessing in itself.Read more ›
Following 'Here Be Monsters' is a challenge that few would relish. The Sussex singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist's full debut mixed the kind of lovelorn melodies that drew Elliott Smith and Harry Nilsson comparisons, with a darker, gothic (without the goth) edge, reminiscent of Tom Waites in his prime. If anything, From Every Sphere has taken the darker elements of his debut and run with it.
Tracks such as 'Ghostwriter' and 'Undertaker Strut' demonstrate admirably Harcourt's ability to mix true flair with the truly sinsiter. It is an edge that propells him away from the uninspired so-called 'New Acoustic Movement' and into the league dominated by artists of a more three dimensional realm. However,nobody can wirte a love song quite like Harcourt. 'Sister Renee' is as mournful a slice of meloncholy you will hear all year and 'Fireflies Take Flight' is simply gorgeous.
The beauty of this album is the staggering variety. Yes, Harcourt excels at the downbeat, sunkissed piano-led paens to heartache, but in 'Watching Then Sun Come Up', single 'All Of Your Days Will Be Blessed' and 'The Birds Will Sing For Us', he has more than matched the verve and soaring melodies reached on 'Here Be Monster's' 'Hanging With The Wrong Crowd' and 'Apple Of My Eye'.
So will Harcourt be this year's credible artist to achieve that rarest of things: critical and commerical success? Probably not.Read more ›
As well as huge musical and lyrical talent, this young man's voice is probably his greatest asset, at times velvet-smooth and rich, at others cracked and gravelly, with immense range. Everything about this album is perfect. Once it nears the stereo there's no taking it off. Class.
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My first Harcourt purchase and if this is a typical example of his work then it will definately not be the last. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2004
Everybody knows that Paul was the most talented Beatle. You could always rely on a pretty tune and a carefully placed turn of phrase from Paul, whilst John disappeared up his own... Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2003 by S. Walton
Having been compared to the likes of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, and following on from his Mercury Prize nomination in 2001, much is expected of Harcourt's 2nd "proper" album (the... Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2003 by sensoria