Back into the Woods

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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release from the British singer-songwriter was recorded in one day at Abbey Road.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 1, 2013
    90
    It's a gem for Harcourt fans and the sweetest of introductions for new listeners.
  2. Feb 25, 2013
    80
    It’s a strong start to the record, which becomes even stronger when Wandering Eye is taken into consideration.
  3. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    So what you have is an album that's very recognisably Ed; the Steve Gullick photography, the tipsy melancholy and romance, the ballads... but without the need for too many frills it sounds complete, nine gorgeous songs that sit beautifully together.
  4. Feb 15, 2013
    70
    There are enough moments of deft, delicate brilliance here to remind us of what a gifted songwriter he is.
  5. 70
    Ed Harcourt too seems to be dealing with a few demons of his own on Back Into The Woods, but this collection of world-weary songs also beats with a poetic heart of longing.
  6. Mojo
    Feb 15, 2013
    60
    There's no question that it's his most appealing work for ages, but still one wishes that the chilly spark on title track and Hey Little Bruiser could have been sustained throughout. [Mar 2013, p.94]
  7. Q Magazine
    Feb 15, 2013
    40
    There's is much self-dramatising talk of "crazy dreamers," but no magical thinking in the music. [Mar 2013, p.102]

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  1. Feb 26, 2015
    9
    Great songs great voice and a very natural beauty about this album, an underrated record and artist who doesn't seem to get the air play heGreat songs great voice and a very natural beauty about this album, an underrated record and artist who doesn't seem to get the air play he deserves. A few of these songs really delve into the type of songwriting which is extremely rare a brutal bitter sweet journey such as 'the man that time forgot' and 'back into the woods'. The way that I live is a song as good as many of his best, one of the best British song writers. Expand