Ed Harcourt – Lustre
June 14, 2010
Over the years it’s been hit or miss for Ed Harcourt. His breakthrough album “Here Be Monsters” was a brilliant debut, back in 2001, but on “From Every Sphere”, Harcourt couldn’t exactly reach similar heights. He came back strong with “Strangers”, which contained beautiful songs like Music Box and Open Book. “The Beautiful Lie”, however, wasn’t able to evoke the same emotion in me, nor did it feel like it was going to be an album that would be around forever.
With his 5th album, “Lustre”, Harcourt continues the on again, off again tradition, because on this new album he reaches new heights. The album is complete, the arrangements are very strong and the emotional depth of the songs is intense. Harcourt pulls you in, lets you go, his songs intrigue you and move you, but most of all the songs speak to you.
Starting with a title track that would make Randy Newman proud. The song has a nice drive and its filmesque character enriches the song in all the right ways. And Harcourt just keeps going, some of the songs are small, some of the songs are bombastic. He plays with tempo and intensity and gems like Heart of a Wolf, Killed By The Morning Sun & When The Lost Don’t Want To Be Found are the result of this artist’s versatility.
Ed Harcourt has brilliance inside him and sometimes it just doesn’t come out, but on “Lustre” he brings everything he’s got and without a doubt, it leads to his most impressive release to date.