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The Beautiful Lie
The Beautiful Lie

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 27 Jun. 2006
This review is from: The Beautiful Lie (Audio CD)
What a gem... I discovered Ed two years ago - his album Strangers (2004) floored me, and I'm forever grateful to the friend that introduced me to his music. His songs are melodic, the lyrics thoughtful, and his raw vocals are a joy to listen to.

For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music fan is developing an intimate understanding of another human being through the music that he or she makes. Listen to "The Beautiful Lie" and you will feel that you are getting to know Ed Harcourt - his passion, his humour, his arrogance, his self-loathing... and after a few listens you may feel as though you've made a friend.


Doorways of My Mind: Live at the NSC
Doorways of My Mind: Live at the NSC
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £38.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 27 Mar. 2006
This CD is everything a live album should be. It beautifully captures the spirit of this wonderful performer, showcasing his extraordinary talent as a musician and songwriter. While a lot of live albums tend to offer lifeless performances that fail to match the quality of their studio versions, this recording proves Lior to rank amongst the finest of pop-folk musicians today.
The rootsy "Autumn Flow" rocks like never before, the eastern influence of "Sitting With A Stranger" is further enhanced with an awesome string intro, and the tender ballads "Bedouin Song" and "Building Ships" are delivered with delicacy and grace.
This recording is also a testament to his astounding capabilities as a vocalist. Not only does his voice sound as silky-smooth live as it does on his debut (Autumn Flow, 2005), but his renditions of "Grey Ocean" and "Avinu Malkeinu" (a traditional middle-eastern prayer) will make your spine tingle as his vocals soar in a way you won't hear on the studio album.
The two new cuts ("Diego & The Village Girl" and "Burying Chances") are excellent inclusions that really lift the pace and energy of this album. The set closes with the hit "This Old Love;" a stunning rendition that will make you appreciate how timeless this song really is - and hearing an audience sing along to a song they know and love is always a treat!
Recommended to fans of thoughtful pop/folk music (Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, Emiliana Torrini...) Lior is the kind of artist you find after wading through all the James Blunts and Ben Lees of the world, looking for something ORIGINAL. Can't wait to see him live!


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