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Sketches from the Book of the Dead [CD]

Mick Harvey Audio CD
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Mick Harvey's brand new new solo album, FOUR (Acts of Love) was released on Mute on 29 April 2013. This is the former Bad Seed and PJ Harvey collaborator’s sixth solo studio album, and the follow up to 2011’s Sketches from the Book of the Dead.

Harvey, renowned for his career with The Birthday Party and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is equally known for his soundtrack ... Read more in Amazon's Mick Harvey Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B004SGYI5U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Ballad Of Jay Givens 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Two Paintings 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Frankie T. & Frankie C. 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Place Called Passion 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. To Each His Own 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Bells Never Rang 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. That's All, Paul 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Dreams and Unholy Places 11 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
That Mick Harvey stood at Nick Cave's right hand for a great many
years is much in evidence in this his first solo album comprised solely
of his own material. 'Sketches From The Book Of The Dead is a dark affair
and darkness becomes him. Un-easy listening of the very finest pedigree.

In these twelve splendid compositions Mr Harvey's dark brown voice
is placed continuously well-forward in the mix. His presence is so
palpable that he might be standing and singing in the room with us,
which gives the music and the words a vivid and at times unsettling
immediacy. Sometimes we feel the small hairs on our necks bristle!

Opening track 'October Boy' plunges us immediately into Mr Harvey's
richly evocative sound-world. A loping composition drenched in reverb-
sodden guitar tremolo and feedback (Mr Cave's voodoo is never far away).
A man unafraid to weave the word "experimentalist" into the narrative
gets my vote any day of the week! A song to make your blood run cold.
On the other hand, 'Two Paintings' is simply beautiful (the late, great
David Ackles came to mind in its plaintive melody for more than a moment).
A song whose inner warmth glows like a beacon in the gathering night.
'A Place Called Passion', too, has a hymn-like quality almost the equal
of Mr Cave's wonderfully affecting anthem 'Into My Arms', although the
subject is more particular than universal. Mr Harvey tells his stories well.

The perfect miniature 'To Each His Own' would not have sounded out of
place on a mid-seventies Peter Hammill. A close kinship indeed.
Mr Harvey lets his hair down and rips up the parquet on 'Famous Last Words';
a delicious slice of down-and -dirty, louche-and-lovely rock and roll!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Need Time To Get Used To Him 4 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It must be said that getting this CD was a stretch for me, my youngest daughter recommended It. Although they are not the same I liken It to another earlier recommendation from said Daughter Tom Waits, It's taken me several years to get used to him, Mick Harvey isn't as complecated.
The songs are simple and can be listened too and I'm sure I will get used to him, If not EBay here I come. Sorry It's not much of a review, but I've only had It a short time and It has to compete with the other 12000+ tracks I have on shuffle on ITunes.

Cheers Pensioner Pete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite artist that none of my friends know 17 Sep 2011
By J. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I ran across a Nick Cave CD at a garage sale about 10 years ago. I still can not figure out why Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are not a household name, they are easily one of the best bands around. Later, I noticed that Mick Harvey had some solo work and I picked up One Man's Treasure. I was blown away. Mick's solo work is closer to Nick Cave than say...The Birthday Club. But, it is still quite distinctive. Mostly, I feel one voice, full of emotion, singing powerful songs. The songs are not as blackly written as Cave's songs; but like Cave's songs, you need to listen to the words. The Book of the Dead is another great CD. Right now, I still hold One Man's Treasure at a higher level. But, to be fair I have listened to it a few hundred times as compared to just a handfull of times for the new CD. If you like Nick Cave and/or Mick Harvey; pick this CD up. If you are more into the harder Grinderman or Birthday Club, maybe not. If you have no idea who any of these people are...go buy Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and prepare yourself for some light uplifting entertainment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting melodies coupled with beautiful lyrics 15 Aug 2013
By Deborah Blount - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this CD based on just a few notes I heard...I absolutely LOVE it! It's one of those rare gems I can listen to over and over without tiring of it. In addition, each "sketch" from this "Book of the Dead" is beautiful, melancholic, haunting and a true piece of art.

I'm a visual artist and am always searching for that right "sound" with which to draw and create to. This one ranks highly on my list!
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrelentingly doleful 31 July 2013
By pbonk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Nick Cave and was excited to get something by Mick Harvey. However, while I really like the first song-- October Boy-- the rest of the cd sounds like less interesting versions of it. There is just very little emotional range here and I had to force myself to listen to the whole thing.
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