The Beautiful Lie - Ed Harcourt
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  • Summary: This is the fifth solo album from the prolific English singer-songwriter.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Beautiful Lie is an invigorating and frequently gorgeous affair, essential for old fans and a good place to start for newcomers.
  2. 80
    Marvellous. [Jul 2006, p.106]
  3. As is typical of Harcourt's releases, some selections of The Beautiful Lie require time to reveal themselves, which is why slow-burners such as 'Braille' and 'Good Friends Are Hard to Find' have "buried treasure written all over them. [Spring 2008, p.76] [Spring 2008, p.76]
  4. His best since 2001's Here Be Monsters. [Jul 2006, p.114]
  5. Despite all of the ingredients for a great album being present, it just doesn’t ignite, perhaps due to the unmoving, maudlin stance from which it is all delivered.
  6. He loses focus on this overlong, under-achieving album.
  7. The brio of an amateur would almost have to be preferably to the overzealous professionalism of Beautiful Lie, whose frilly "classicist" pop gets all dressed up to go absolutely nowhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. RJ
    Oct 24, 2006
    10
    Absolutely amazing album...new listeners might take some time to warm up to Harcourt's brooding style, but the songs on this album display his sincerity and dramatic flair that has become sort of trademarks of his. This is Harcourt's most complete album to date. Buy it. Listen to it. Expand
  2. SamR
    Jul 11, 2006
    9
    Ignore the mixed reviews and get this album. beautiful voice, beautiful harmonies, beautiful songs. 'revolution in my heart' is worth the cover charge alone. Expand
  3. RennieM
    Jul 13, 2006
    9
    More 8.5, but a very very strong album... The end of "you always call me when your drunk" is a little unnecessary, but besides that its a stronger album then here be Monsters and right up there with From Every Sphere... With more listens it could possibly be his best. Ignore the critics!! Expand
  4. MattA.
    Jul 13, 2006
    9
    I have never gotten the critics lukewarm reaction to Harcourt's albums. While his lyrics haven't always been the best, his music and melodies have always been innovative and beautiful. This album is no different, and it is lyrically his best album to date. This guy deserves better than the so-called critics are giving him. Expand