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Here Be Monsters

Ed HarcourtAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00006368A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ed Harcourt ~ Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters finds singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt developing the gentle melancholy of his previous efforts. "God Protect Your Soul" combines anguished, rambling lyrics ("I need to build a wall around me") and an off-kilter melody with bluesy harmonica and trumpets to create something akin to what Elliot Smith might make sitting at the piano. "Beneath the Heart of Darkness" starts in a similar fashion before slipping into a mash of guitars and radio interference, then drifting back again to a gentle lullaby. While "Apple of My Eye" starts with a quiet but buoyant proclamation--"I'm sick of this angst"--it quickly becomes clear that Harcourt isn't really so positive. This is one for all those who appreciate music that's full of understated despair. --Caroline Butler

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for Melody April 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent debut. Most first offerings are mired in a cloud of one melody or rhythm spread over ten to twelve tracks. Harcourt succeeds in making every song sound different than the one that preceded it, and in doing this he shows his gift.
As a songwriter, Harcourt has a lot to say. These are not your standard songs of teenage angst. He actually seems to poke fun at this trend in "Hanging With the Wrong Crowd," a superb track.
Of course, the fans that critics like to lump together as liking Radiohead, Buckley, fill in a contemporary British band, etc. will probably like this album a lot. The opening track is clearly influenced by 'No Surprises." But what intelligent band or artist isn't conscious of what Radiohead are up to?
The bottom line is that the music is great, the instrumentation is varied, the lyrics are clever, and in Harcourt the States have received another great British artist a year late.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed Harcourt's Monsters...Here at last March 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
A friend of mine in England was raving about this guy so much last year I bought everything that he has produced thus far.
Before reviewing this album I want to rant a little about the delays in getting good stuff over here in the US when it is available in Europe and elsewhere long before it reaches these shores. With internet radio and good market research it must be within the bounds of the imagination to be able to move artists and material over here a lot sooner. It seems to me that there is more concern about shipping millions of units of J-Lo ( sounds like a Chinese dish doesn't it?) without trying to build up emerging foreign artists.
This album grows on you after several plays. Ed Harcourt uses a wide variety of voice, musical styles and instruments and has a strong lyrical content to his songs. Powerful imagery is evoked and emotions stirred by the songs. I have had this in my car an awful lot since I bought it last year and never tire of it.
Trying to provide a reference point for Harcourt is difficult - I find myself thinking of Martin Stephenson at times, at others, Jackson Browne, often Kevin Coyne although none of them are similar. I think too, of Nick Drake, of Michael Chapman and even Roy Harper.
Ed Harcourt is Ed Harcourt. This is a splendid album and deserves to be in everyone's library.
Thank you Mike Kirby for introducing me to this artist. You always did have excellent taste.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Here Be Monsters, I Love Monsters! April 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This has to be one of the most engaging LP's I've listened to this year. I heard it playing at a small record store in Madison, WI, and had to have it immediately.
From the first notes, these mouth-watering slabs of pure indie-pop reach out and weave their way into your soul. I'm not sure where Ed has been all these years, but he was worth the wait. And I thought nothing could hold a candle to Pete Yorn!
"She Fell Into My Arms" ranks right up there with anything in recent memory, and immediately following is "Those Crimson Tears," a song that makes you want to cry a few of your own.
This album is going into my top 10 for 2002!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed Harcourt -Here Be Monsters September 22, 2002
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The understated tones of Ed Harcourt truly shine on this perfectly pieced album. With a mix of up-beat melodies and heartfelt ballads it confirms the reasons behind his Mercury Music Prize nomination but gives no answers to why the man didn't win hands down. With infectious tracks such as God Protect your soul, Apple Of My Eye and Hanging With The Wrong Crowd which shy away from typical alternative music backing, he creates a new music genre that some, on first viewing, may naively mistake as pop. But don't be fooled, this album is one that deserves a second glance and only then will Mr.Harcourt's vocal and instrumental talent glow and leave you pondering why he isn't up there with the likes of Badly Drawn Boy and Turin Brakes, but maybe that's what gives 'Here Be Monsters' the x-factor which many critically acclaimed musicians strive for.
As cliched as it may measure, Ed Harcourt doesn't put a foot wrong on this disc. But if I had to highlight a negative point it would but that of the contagious nature of his album, after looping it on your CD player its almost certain you'll find yourself humming his contaminating sounds when you'd least expect it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I was Fiction, I wish I was Fact March 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Here Be Monsters" is an amazing mixture of the best music genres that give birth to a unique style. He uses sorts of vocal jazz ("those crimson tears"), easy listening ("like only lovers can", "Wind Through The Trees"), pop ("She Fell Into My Arms"), folk ("Something in my eye") and proper rock n roll ("Shanghai", "Apple of My Eye") to create a style of his own. He achieves creating his own musical atmosphere on every song especially on "Beneath The Heart Of Darkness". Ed performs every song with soul and honesty. Not only he shows that he is a great singer-songwriter but also a great instrumentalist. His lyrics deliver the goods and don't go round in circles. What I like the most is his honesty as an artist, the kind of honesty that is missing from lots of todays music. Lyrics like 'I need to build a wall around me' on "God Protect Your Soul" 'that's the way I am made I'm afraid' on "Those Crimson Tears" and 'I've reached a low don't you know?' on "Apple of my eye" show the blossoming of a great artist (a musical genius). There are no fillers in this record. I recommend this record to anyone who enjoys good music. Congratulations on doing an excellent record Mr. Harcourt and I hope you do many more. Thanks for showing that artists are humans. I thought I was crazy but "Here Be Monsters" showed me that is ok to 'fall on your knees and beg like a dog'. "Apple Of My Eye" is simply one of the best songs ever written. Amazing, words aren't enough to describe it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Artist
I heard one of these songs in a Rob Pattinson film (Remember Me), "Hanging with the wrong crowd" and loved it. But after listening to the whole album, its all good. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars here be melody
Ed Harcourt is a gifted songwriter with a pleasant voice and a knack for writing great melodies. he had some hype leading up to his recording (which cn be misleading, at times) but... Read more
Published on February 9, 2006 by J. Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Weather
"Here Be Monsters" is an inventive set from this prolific English songwriter. The calling card for the CD is the silly & addictive "Shanghai" with its music hall piano parts,... Read more
Published on May 31, 2005 by Lee Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding album
I first found out about Ed Harcourt when I read a review in some magazine. It made an impression and I looked for the album but couldn't find it in retail stores. Read more
Published on July 17, 2004 by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna!
This is the stuff of religious proclamations! Top draw stuff, sad piano, up tempo horns, some cool loops and great lyrics...awaiting sphers with baited breath. Read more
Published on February 26, 2004 by Kathryn Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Be Monsters
Harcourt fits very nicely into the Bacharachian (like Bacchanalian?) singer-songwriters - those who know how to use trumpet flourishes, glockenspiel and tack piano refrains, and... Read more
Published on November 28, 2003 by "superball9"
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible debut
An album just dripping with emotion. It's dark and atmoshperic, yet underneath it all is a hope that things will get better. Read more
Published on September 29, 2003 by H. Semones
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative
I liked this CD. A good range in his musical style. A pleasure to listen to an innovative musician who writes great songs.
Published on June 28, 2003 by DrEDG
3.0 out of 5 stars An artist to watch
I recently went to a Neil Finn concert here in LA and Ed Harcourt was the opening act. He has a lot of talent, specifically he is solid when it comes to playing vocals and multiple... Read more
Published on July 18, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Something in Ed's eyes
Ed Harcourt is another artist I discovered on a compilation put together by CMJ New Music Monthly that I fell in love with. Read more
Published on July 4, 2002 by Erica Anderson
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