From Every Sphere - Ed Harcourt
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  • Summary: Nominated for Britain's Mercury Music Prize for his 2001 debut 'Here Be Monsters,' DIYer Ed Harcourt returns with his second studio recording.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. His honky-tonk piano ballads are a little less haunted and more memorable. [June 2003, p.104]
  2. Harcourt experiments in more ways than one on this album, never overindulgent in the process.
  3. His songs recall both the musical inventiveness of Captain Beefheart and the mopey poetry of Elliot Smith. [30 May 2003, p.116]
  4. A work of polished vagaries, delivered with a real swagger.
  5. While such diversity isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does tend to break the rhythm of his albums.
  6. With a painterly command of the palette of sound and a fondness for the sweet melody of a lullaby, Harcourt is cousin to multi-instrumental songwriters such as Brian Wilson and Badly Drawn Boy.
  7. 40
    For every aching melodic twist and sagacious lyric, there's a lumpy, sub-Beach Boys dirge and dicing-with-doggerel couplet to negotiate. [Mar 2003, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3