Had I not been a Nick Cave fan, I might never have heard of Mick Harvey. They just don't play songs like these on the radio and that's a pity.
One Man's Treasure is apparently Harvey's third solo effort in ten years and his treatment of the songs here show just how much he has grown. You might say that this Bad Seed has finally sprouted. Most songs on this CD were written by others, but Harvey displays great talent with a couple of his own compositions as well.
I like most of the CD with the exception of the obnoxious Come On Spring. My favorites are: First St. Blues, a snivel-in-your-drink song that shouts writer Lee Hazlewood's name; the dark and romantic Louise; the somber Harvey composition Man Without A Home; Planetarium, with its building musical tension and dramatic instrumental interlude; the powerful Hank Williams Said It Best; and the trance-inducing Mother of Earth.
If you are looking for a slavish imitation of Harvey's work with Nick Cave on One Man's Treasure, then you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for something new in alternative rock, then you should consider Mick Harvey and this CD. About the only connection here to the Bad Seeds is his cover of one Cave song, and the fact that musically, Harvey tends to be on the dark side.
Other than that, he shows he's his own man when he needs to be. Check One Man's Treasure out, you should not be disappointed.