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5.0 out of 5 stars Piano, voice and a little bit more - intimate and beautiful
Absolutely love this, it's Ed Harcourt stripped back to the basics without the luscious arrangements of some of his other albums. The spare settings suit his voice, and after repeated listening I never grow tired of these melodies. According to the BBC this was recorded in one night at Abbey Road and it has a feeling of intimacy, as if he's singing in your living room...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly forgettable, soporific....
Harcourt had here an opportunity to embed himself in the firmament of established British singer-songwriters, and on the basis of this attempt, he's failed miserably.

I am afraid to say this is one of the weakest albums I have heard in recent years. Where Lustre was vivid, luscious, and evidently thoughtfully mapped out and produced, Back Into The Woods seems...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piano, voice and a little bit more - intimate and beautiful, 22 Feb 2014
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K. Mead (Winchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Absolutely love this, it's Ed Harcourt stripped back to the basics without the luscious arrangements of some of his other albums. The spare settings suit his voice, and after repeated listening I never grow tired of these melodies. According to the BBC this was recorded in one night at Abbey Road and it has a feeling of intimacy, as if he's singing in your living room. Favourite tracks Murmur In My Heart, the title track, and The Man That Time Forgot - in terms of sales Harcourt does seem to be forgotten, in spite of that Mercury nomination for Here Be Monsters, yet good as that was, he has much more to offer. Buy this, then the new EP, then everything else...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Causes more than a murmur in my heart, 27 Feb 2013
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A. Sweeney "I don't care what you call me" (Brighton, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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I've been an Ed Harcourt fan since his wonderful "Maplewood" mini-album at the turn of the century and have followed his career and enjoyed his music immensely since then. His last album, "Lustre" was as ambitious, full and grand as anything Ed has ever released (and was very good indeed), but, in contrast, "Back To The Woods" is an understated, humble album, largely performed with only piano and vocals, which allows the beautifully written and performed songs to stand or fall on their own compositional merits. It is, therefore, a credit to Harcourt's songwriting ability that this album is a genuinely arresting listen, as Ed's truly gorgeous, honeyed voice and the lovely chord progressions and melody politely demand the listener's full attention. This release really is a welcome and perfectly timed change of pace for the East Sussex-based musician.

Much of the publicity for this album has been centred around its recording within a six hour session at Abbey Road. Whilst this approach has been economical in terms of instrumentation, the songs have the feeling of being fully realised, rehearsed and planned meticulously before the recording sessions. It's not exactly Wings' ramshackle "Wild Life", put it that way. My personal favourites are the album opener, "The Cusp & The Wane" which references great artists who were under-appreciated in their time, the lyrically-dark "Wandering Eye", the twisted love song, "Murmur In My Heart" and the remarkable "Brothers & Sisters". There is literally nothing on "Back To The Woods" which disappoints and I take forward the impression that listening to the album several times more will reveal some hidden delights. Ed's albums always have a good mix of songs which are instantly recognisable as being gems and others which are slow burners but often end up as firm favourites. I'm very sure this album will be no different and repeated listens of this beautiful, accomplished piece of work certainly won't be a chore.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning. Im Glad That Ed Harcourt Is still a secret gem, 17 April 2013
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Ed Harcourt Is simply one of the best british song writers making music today, yet somehow manages to still remain an obscures name within music scene? Radio Dj's are to busy polluting the airwaves with generic boy band/ girl band crap that really music!, real talent! gets totally overlooked. I Haven't been able to stop listening to this album. It has really struck a cord with me hence me writing this review. I am astonished to see a customer review which has given 1 star! That reviewer is obviously deaf or has no soul? I urge you to listen to the 'cusp and the wayne', 'the pretty girls' and 'the man that time forgot' and not be bowled over by these brutally honest troubadour type ballads. For me this is one of Ed Harcourt's Best albums and and Im thankful that someone is still making good meaningful music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bold album, 5 Jun 2014
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Recorded in about six hours, no cheating under those circumstances. Here the stripped-down new material conveys as much emotion as some of his most produced records. "Brothers and Sisters" and "Little Bruiser" stand out, but this could be Ed's most homogenic record. Real, honest, bold and clever. Musicianship over technology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 21 Mar 2013
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When you listen to an Ed Harcourt album it's like he's playing in the room with you. This is a lovely album of soothing, thoughtful songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ever Pleasant, 14 Mar 2013
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This is a really pleasant listening album. With the nusical backing stripped right back, Ed's voice sounds even better. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful record., 6 Mar 2013
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Mr. N. D. Payne "Nick Payne" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Spare, beautiful song-writing twinned with lovingly detailed production. A really wonderful record, highly recommended. Look forward to hearing it live ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 5 Mar 2013
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This is a beautiful album, utterly hypnotising. It has a timeless quality that I really like. I can see myself listening to this for a long time to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Wine, 25 Mar 2013
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Mr. A. Ball (Somerset, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've been a fan of Ed Harcourt since the Here Be Monsters album and relish the release of each and every new album. I won't speak about the nuances of the music contained on this album, but I will say the Ed Harcourt has matured like a fine wine. He has a voice that I could listen to for hours, his musicianship is top notch and the songs are always gems. He deserves to be more widely known than he is. I'm a musician and songwriter and If I could write just one song as good as any one of Ed's then I would be a happy man. In case Ed reads the reviews on here, I would say to him to keep on producing albums like this one, I for one will buy anything he releases knowing confidently that every one will be great.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly forgettable, soporific...., 30 Mar 2013
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Harcourt had here an opportunity to embed himself in the firmament of established British singer-songwriters, and on the basis of this attempt, he's failed miserably.

I am afraid to say this is one of the weakest albums I have heard in recent years. Where Lustre was vivid, luscious, and evidently thoughtfully mapped out and produced, Back Into The Woods seems rushed, vainglorious, thin, and not at all catchy. I'm of the old school belief that that albums we part our hard earned cash for should contain actual real songs where an acoustic number might provide light relief between chapters: this contains merely acoustic sketches that are, sadly, eminently forgettable and undistinguished.

Harcourt has huge talent but I make no apologies in suggesting this is a hugely disappointing, tangential, flaccid, limp affair.

This is my opinion only and other's will surely disagree.
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