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Lustre [CD]

Ed Harcourt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Piano Wolf
  • ASIN: B003GA5WZO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lustre
2. Haywired
3. Church of No Religion
4. Heart of a Wolf
5. Do As I Say Not As I Do
6. Killed By the Morning Sun
7. Lachrymosity
8. A Secret Society
9. When the Lost Don't Want to Be Found
10. So I've Been Told
11. Fears of a Father

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BBC Review

On Ed Harcourt's MySpace page he states that he's "been kicking around for a while now," and he's not exaggerating: it is nearly 10 years since he arrived as a solo artist with the Maplewood EP, which he followed up with impressive debut album Here Be Monsters. Having parted company with Heavenly/EMI, fifth album Lustre is released via his own Piano Wolf imprint, and encapsulates a lot of what Harcourt is about, for better or worse.

But first: the title-track. Opening the record decisively, it ranks up there with his best–a slow-burning, free-associative number in which he contemplates universality, or more specifically, the universality of beauty. Its ranging lyrical sweep sees him fire out some lovely observations, possibly even addressing his younger self in parts. When Harcourt is on song, the results are that intuitive and instantly familiar it's as if you've been humming them for years, and so it is here.

Lustre's front end is of a similarly high quality, tunes like Haywired and Do as I Say Not as I Do augmenting his ivories with handclaps, harmonies and electronic flourishes. Heart of a Wolf is a playful lupine romp that sees him possibly indulge his Waits-ian predilection a little too wholeheartedly, but the whole thing is such fun–particularly the ridiculous (and I mean that in a good way) central riff–that it is impossible to bear him any ill will. Church of No Religion is good, too: a spooky run through end-of-the-world fantasies and religious imagery buoyed by a pulsing, insistent drum line.

Trouble is, aside from a few winning moments (Lachrymosity is a sweet, self-aware ballad) Lustre really sags in its second half, where it's almost like the idea of the songs becomes more important than the songs themselves. A Secret Society is one of the loudest things on here but it never really convinces, while the rest could reasonably be described as epic (and I don't mean that in a good way).

Nevertheless, Harcourt is a singer of uncommon charm, and Lustre is a welcome reminder that when he's on top of his game–which he is for roughly half the record–you'll want for little else. --James Skinner

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Gran bel personaggio questo Ed Harcourt. Zitto zitto è arrivato al suo quinto album sviluppando sempre più un suo personalissimo stile pop rock di stampo prettamente orchestrale. Ma niente arrangiamenti fini a se stessi: qui ogni strumento sembra abbia trovato come per magia il suo posto e la sensazione di caos in questi pezzi, abbastanza articolati nella produzione, è quanto di più lontano possiate mai immaginare. Andiamo con calma. Prima di tutto il mood imperante in “Lustre” è decisamente più ‘positivo’ rispetto alle passate produzioni diHarcourt: le emozioni forti rimangono in primissimo piano, ma le atmosfere più ‘oscure’ di, ad esempio, “The Beautiful Lie” qui paiono venir accantonate a favore di una più evidente gioia di vivere. Certo, a prima vista i titoli non sembrano indicare esattamente questo: “Killed By The Morning Sun”, “Lachrymosity” fra gli altri. Ma, a parte i testi, è la musica che traspare la positività di cui prima: composizioni dove a far da guida è il pianoforte, circondato da hammond, archi, cori femminili, handclaps e una buona sezione ritmica. Orchestrale come si diceva prima: un Rufus Wainwright più a fuoco addirittura in alcuni tratti (la conclusiva “Fears Of A Father” ad esempio) e con un lirismo molto meno esasperato. Un mix di ingredienti che non guasta affatto, ingredienti che spesso in altri album con uno spirito simile a quello di Ed vengono usati ampiamente a sproposito. Un esempio? I cori femminili (a cura delleLangley Sisters) in “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” o in “Lustre”, che danno ancora più spessore all’insieme delle tracce.I brani da tramandare asso

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4.0 out of 5 stars The (not so) new Jeff Buckley? Beautiful listen 2 July 2010
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
I'd never heard of Ed Harcourt before, but a strong review in the Times and the likeness to Jeff Buckley prompted me to investigate. And for once, a review that deserves it's hype and comparisons. It is indeed a rather enchanting listen. Not every song is a killer - there's at least three or four standard maudlin fillers not to my taste - but there's enough here to keep you listening over again... Church of No Religion, Lustre, Do As I Say hold their own against Buckley's all too few gems.

With so much dire dirge championed by so called music critics, well done The Times Culture Magazine for covering this refreshingly beautiful album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ed Harcourt - A quality that outshines the usual 19 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
Its difficult to pin down but somewhere along the way of a 10 year recording career Ed Harcourt turned from one being of the of the main contenders to someone who never seemed to accumulate any significant "silverware". It seems like only yesterday when Harcourt's 2001 debut album "Here be monsters" seemed to take up so much time on the turntable it should have been forced to pay council tax. It remains an album that leads you to question the raw justice of a world where songs like "She fell into my arms" and "Apple of my eyes" are not burned into the national music consciousness although are still raved about by a small yet fanatically loyal fan base.

Its been four years since Harcourt's last album "The beautiful lie" a serious work of huge maturity that includes one of my favourite songs of all time "Rain on the pretty ones". So what then about "Lustre", Ed Harcourt's latest release? As a starting point can I issue a "buyer beware" warning about the game of two halves review posted above from the BBC since its all a bit neat and precise. It fails to recognise that Harcourt songs generally take their own time to work into our consciousness and perseverance does pay. "Lustre" is in some respects a much brighter album than "Beautiful lie" as evidenced in the wonderful single "Do as I say not as I do" a charming pop confection with echoes of Ben Folds Five. The title track has beautiful old fashioned feel and an angelic choir like its drawn from a musical. The lyrics are splendid and its is well worth checking out with its real echo of Rufus Wainwright "Want one" era recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good way to pass winter sundays 11 Jan 2011
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bought this on one review and it makes the dismal winter weather seems miles away the mixture of urban fairytales about wolves to sexy but sinister background vocals to bring ed harcourts vocals meshing with killer piano if this is what goes on in his head then buy this c.d. to keep that mojo going, going to check out his earlier stuff and see what lustre there is
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