Product DescriptionED HARCOURT Here Be Monsters (2001 UK 11-track CD album from the young singer/songwriter including the single Something In My Eye picture sleeve HVNLP31CD)
Amazon.co.ukHere Be Monsters is the follow-up to Ed Harcourt’s debut mini-album Maplewood and sees the singer/songwriter developing further on the gentle melancholy of his previous efforts with the help of Death In Vegas’ in co-production and Gil Norton (Pixies) and Dave Fridmann sharing mixing duties. “God Protect Your Soul” combines an anguished lament (“I need to build a wall around me”) with bluesy harmonica and trumpets to create the kind of rambling lyrics and off-kilt melodies a piano-led Elliot Smith might make. “Beneath The Heart of Darkness” starts in a similar fashion but one third in and it slips off into a sound mash of guitars and radio interference, then drifts back again to its gentle lullaby. While “Apple of My Eye” starts promisingly, with its quiet proclamation–“I’m sick of this angst”–it quickly becomes clear that Ed certainly isn’t. One for all those who appreciate their music full of understated despair. —Caroline Butler
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