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The Beautiful Lie

Ed HarcourtAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dovecote
  • ASIN: B0017M9Z7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Whirlwind In D Minor
2. Visit From The Dead Dog
3. You Only Call Me When You're Drunk
4. The Last Cigarette
5. Shadowboxing
6. Late Night Partner
7. Revolution In The Heart
8. Until Tomorrow Then
9. Scatterbraine
10. Rain On The Pretty Ones
11. The Pristine Claw
12. I Am The Drug
13. Braille
14. Good Friends Are Hard To Find

Editorial Reviews


His best since Here Be Monsters. Harcourt's mini-operas pack more incident into their three minutes than many bands manage in a career. A fine songwriter with the flourishes of an at times master showman -- Q Magazine

His most mature effort so far. 'I Am The Drug' employs a Tom Waits-ian rhumba-rock groove washed with strings and streaked with spiky astringent guitar to help characterise the insatiable itch of addiction. - * * * * -- The Independent UK

Late Night Partner is Harcourt at his broken hearted best. -- The Guardian UK

The Beautiful Lie is marvelous, each track a lush, inch-perfect melodrama with Harcourt bashing out his demons at the piano. -- Mojo

The Beautiful Lie' of the title is as eloquent a statement as the material is masterful. It's doomy, it's gothic, it's wonderfully arranged, mostly epic, occasionally sad, sometimes jaunty - and throughout infused with the passion of a storyteller whose delivery and form have finally found synchronicity. A very fine LP. - * * * * -- The Fly UK

Product Description

2008 belated U.S. release of British singer/songwriter Harcourt's fourth full length album, originally released in 2006. Often compared to such diverse artists as Neil Finn and Tom Waits, Harcourt's touching and personal songwriting puts him in a class all to himself. Features guest appearances from former Blur guitarist (and current solo star) Graham Coxon, The Magic Numbers and BJ Cole. Includes the first single, 'Visit From The Dead Dog'. EMI.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Why isn't this recording available in the US now? Why is it that impossibly talented, remarkably prolific, and wholly magical artists like Ed have such an impossible time of it in the US? It can't just be American Idol and the drug-addled dinosaurs that pull the levers in the anorexic, decaying, cadaverous halls of the once powerful music industry. Or can it? If you are here, you know you are going to shell-out hard-earned money for this priceless treasure. But you must have friends, you must know people, share this music with them (in whichever way best suits your own conscience). If you are new to Ed, you are in luck! There are three deserving masterpieces (and an early glimpse at genius) available to you (and they can be had at bargain prices in the used bins)! Maybe it is just us, you, me, and Ed. If that's the situation, then we (you and me) are very fortunate souls indeed... Ed deserves more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best -- and that's saying something September 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Ed Harcourt since I recieved "Here Be Monsters" as a promotional disc about 4 years ago, and have bought every album since. Ed Harcourt is one of the best musical talents of the new millenium and,sadly, has yet to find any sort of recognition in the US. Unlike "Strangers", where he tried his hand at a few poppier tunes, Ed finds himself back where he started and embraces his dramatic flair turning out a very complete and utterly satisfying album. Like "Here Be Monsters", Ed orchestrates elaborate ballads complete with horns and strings, and maintains his brooding style in even his most upbeat songs resulting in perhaps his most well rounded and mature sounding album yet. He takes his songs in all the right directions, and strays from the pitfalls of predictable songwriting keeping his sound fresh and giving the album incredible replay value. "The Beautiful Lie" is like a good novel with all of its chapters joined by a unifying theme. Each song flows from the first to the last and leaves you wanting to replay the album as soon as it's finished. If I had to pick a favorite song(--seriously--every song is great)I would probably pick one of "shadowboxing"/"until tomorrow then"/or "good friends are hard to find". On every track Ed Harcourt emotes his lyrics with genuine passion and binds his words and his music together to paint images that are sometimes haunting and sometimes whimsical, yet always sincere . This is his best work definitely and deserves much more attention than its going to get.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooding and Brilliant... November 30, 2006
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This is the album I have been waiting for Ed to write since "Here Be Monsters"....I knew it would come down the pipe eventually, and it was well worth the wait. Ed Harcourt could be described as the UK's answer to Rufus Wainwright; a talented singer/songwriter who tends to be the critic's darling, yet has always lacked the attention of the mainstream.

Fans of Ed Harcourt know him to be a quirky and very talented artist, although the type of artist whose talents by their nature produce uneven and unpredictable results....following his last two tepid and oddly restrained releases, "The Beautiful Lie" fully fleshes out the deeply textured, baroque sound only hinted at in Harcourt's landmark album "Here Be Monsters", with varied and lush instrumentation enhancing rather than detracting from his always clever and poetic lyrics and subdued, husky vocals. This wonderful album is the definitive culmination of the elements which mark his singular style. Highest recommendation!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful June 27, 2006
By Dave T
Format: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.
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