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The Start Of Something Special,
This review is from: Something in My Eye (Audio CD)An injustice has occured. An oversight of grevious proportions has forced cherub-cheeked Ed Harcourt, with his grizzly, summer-evening, honey-dew voice and fingers which trip over the ivories like boney needles, to stand in a dimmer limelight than Chris Martin or Tom Waits. He has the ability to write beautifully drowsy, elegantly mournful songs to equal those of the former, and sings with the grace, growl and passion of the latter, and with "Something In My Eye", he has proved that his stunning debut mini-album was not just a one-off.
A slow, rousing opener, featuring the now-familiar Tom Waits-esque grunt of a vocal, builds and builds, adding soaring violins and a muted trumpet of which Belle & Sebastian would be proud. However, the song's true beauty is that while it's wonderfully fragile and ever so slightly dazed, it has a tiny feedback-whine which says "I could rock at any minute".
New Orleans jazz-tinged "T-Bone Tombstone" is that gloriously sleepy, bleary-eyed fuzz set to a melody. A haunting Jeff Buckley-esque vocal take to complement the lo-fi production works perfectly. The final track is classic Harcourt, if there is such a thing after just one release - a compelling but interestingly different melody and hook line, interspersed with lilting trumpet and *that* voice.
On the strength of just these three songs, his debut mini-LP and his recent appearances in London, it would foolish not to pay great attention to this extremely talented songwriter. Ed Harcourt is a shining star just waiting to be mapped.