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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0006ZXJR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having scored huge critically acclaimed albums with 2001's `Here Be Monsters' & 2003's `From Every Sphere', singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt returns with his most accomplished album to date. The marvel inducing `Strangers'. U.S. edition features a bonus track, 'Only Happy When You're High'. 13 tracks in total. Astralwerks. 2005.

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"Strangers' joie de vivre gives it a directness and vivacity that's hard to resist." -- Esquire

"a breathless rush of passion, an emotional whirlwind...a very gifted tunesmith." -- Telegraph Arts

"flawless and transcendent" (4 stars) -- Sunday Times UK

"from Nick Drake via Tim Buckley to Radiohead in here, this offering is at once touching and quite beautiful." -- Express

"…it’s the best of his career." (8 out of 10) -- NME

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It's a good listen overall.
Nicholas Soucy
I loved it the moment I heard it and it's very rarely out of my CD player.
Greg
This Cd is making me buy all his others too....and I'll let ya know.
R. Ellingson

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Soucy on February 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ed Harcourt usually shows potential, but often only has a few good songs coupled with several filler tracks which are cheesy.

When I had heard Movies of Myself by Rufus Wainwright, I thought that all of his songs would sound more like Ed Harcourt's "Strangers" album. I was disappointed with the light-hearted lounge-style singing of Wainwright, but Harcourt fills in that flavor much more effectively.

In fact, somewhere between Damien Rice's "O" album and Wainwright's "Want One" is where "Strangers" resides. I think Damien Rice's music is more soulful, though.

It's a good listen overall. However, I'd recommend buying it used because it's nothing that amazing. My rating is 3.5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alexander laurence on February 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ed Harcourt is one of the most talented guys from England. He is a brilliant songwriter. He has put three albums in the past three years. Apparently he has written 500 songs, so he has a lot. He blends melody with ideas and thought. It is truly more amazing every time. Strangers is his recent album. It sounds incredible. "The Storm Is Coming" employs some hard rock sounds that Harcourt is not necessarily known for. "Born in The 70s" is more like glam rock. The song "Strangers" recalls some of his previous works, but Harcourt doesn't really repeat himself. The song itself has a weird arrangement. This must have been the result of working with a new producer in Sweden. "Let Love Not Weigh Me Down" has a rich sound and has a heart of experience behind it. On songs like "Something To Live For" and "The Trapdoor" you sense that Harcourt has a wealth of solid musical ideas. He hasn't gone dry. Harcourt has created his most diverse and well-rounded album. There hasn't been too many of these really good albums recently.

This is nearly great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Ellingson on February 26, 2005
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I bought this CD off several reviews in various music trades. I usually don't do that cause more often than that there's 1 or 2 good songs and thats it. This CD is brilliant. Ed has a gift for melody. His lyrics are pretty straight and/or tell good stories too. He touches on many styles while still retaining identity. His voice bends around lots of areas to fit all this variety. Everyone I play this CD for wants it. Virtually everybody. This Cd is making me buy all his others too....and I'll let ya know. Buy this one. Very very good.
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By Paul D. Wegele on April 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In a lifetime, there may come a few moments when something close to ground-breaking happens, close to spectacular, close to heaven. In the music world, a few albums have been made that can measure up to these moments. Rarely, do albums of music by a favorite artist come anywhere near stellar enough to be revered, to be studied, to be moving. In fact, the usual fare is to hear an amazing song on the radio or through other means and go buy the album, only to get it home and disappointingly try to pretend that the puchase was worth it. I find myself doing this more often and turning back to classic albums I've

burned out by repetition to avoid the disappointment of trying out new music and finding out it sucks. So, normally I expect my musical hopes to be dashed against the craggy rocks of mediocrity like every other album I spend hard earned dollars on. More than a year ago, a friend of mine handed me a burned cd of assorted tunes, one of which was called "God Protect Your Soul" by a man named Ed Harcourt. I was blown away immediately by the soulful, breathy cool singing, and ironical lyrical stylings of the artist. I was immediately impressed and

well-satiated by the beauty and listenability of the song. I shared the song with others; they were equally impressed. I wanted to hear more but unfortunately I didn't have any money. For some time, I lived on the crumbs of listening/watching to Ed's video "Watching the Sun Come Up" on launch.yahoo and the few videos he had on his website. Just tonight, I was able to pick up his new album "Strangers" with a few dollars earned from my own sweat, and blood. Some primitive,

aurally blind soul had returned Ed Harcourt's "Strangers" allowing me to pick up the album for 8.99. It would have been worth 89.99!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Strangers" is my introduction to Ed Harcourt's music. He writes interesting melodies and lyrics that leave room for interpretation. Probably the best track is "Born in the 70s" with its Jules Shear-style shotgun lyric & a driving piano, "Just like the record's stuck always repeating the past that never liked you before, you had no reason to last." The most different track on the disc is the acoustic Nick Drake-like dreamy "The Trapdoor" with the enigmatic moody lyric, "Looked death in the eyes, falling stalactites then burnt by a light as angels flew by who pulled me back up to the moonlit sky covered in dust, it was hard not to cry." "Loneliness" has nice energy with Ellekari Larsson's high wispy background vocals. "Strangers" is a good disc whose tracks are consistently strong. The only track I fail to click with is "This One's for You" with its inebriated rhythm, sounding like it was written by one who would need a taxi to get home. Some will probably like it for just that reason. Enjoy!
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By Greg on November 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Let me start out by saying that I am a fan and so I am biased. And with good cause, let me add. This album is another step forward from this young English song-writer. The album is different from previous efforts, however. Although I am not sure, I believe that he was in a long term relationship that ended and a lot of the songs here reflect that. If you wanted a comparison I'd say this album is similar to Ryan Adams' Love is Hell. But comparisons are personal and usually wrong.

The album was recorded by Ed and only 2 or 3 others and that's relfected in some of the albums darker songs where the lone instrument echoes the loss of a loved one. The slower songs are intimate and personal and have a threatening undercurrant which you almost expect to be unleashed, and in some cases is. The more uptempo songs are up to his usual standard and although are lyrically a bit down the music is uplifting and bright.

I loved it the moment I heard it and it's very rarely out of my CD player. If you like Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley etc then you have to get this album.
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