Ed Harcourt - The Beautiful Lie
Recorded in his grandmother’s old house and largely on a piano made for her in 1917, is alone an adequate signal hinting at the unusual nature of this songsmith, furthermore Harcourt seems unafraid to challenge the critical success of his previous LP, ‘Strangers’ with 'The Beautiful Lie', his sixth studio album in five years. Quintessentially British to a sheer peak of eccentricity, ‘The Beautiful Lie’ boasts sheer creative thought, ranging from personal issues to political view points. From a musical point of view, his theatrical pomp displayed in such tracks as Scatterbraine and You Only Call Me When You’re Drunk, is very comparable to Rufus Wainright, and his vocals too contain the same type of quality in their brittle charisma. However Harcourt is certainly capable of adapting from camp cabaret to more supple pop balladry displayed exquisitely in Rain On The Pretty Ones and The Last Cigarette. ‘The Beautiful Lie’ is a special portrait of South-East England’s romanticism, proving further its creator’s ambitious yet remarkable song-writing talent.