Ed Harcourt on The Beautiful Lie

The long awaited U.S. release of Ed Harcourt’s fifth studio album The Beautiful Lie is an excellent introduction to an American audience that has largely been sheltered from this talent. The Beautiful Lie reads with all the thrilling aural cinema a fan of good well written and fabulously performed music could want. Easily Ed’s best work since his great 2001 full length debut Here Be Monsters, The Beautiful Lie displays a continuity with fourteen songs unraveling as a mini-epic containing all the ecstasy and torture of life injected in perfect sum. It’s all here, whether it be the night time jitter “Until Tomorrow Then,” the carnivelesque “Scatterbrain,” framed with Eastern European sun and splendid spirit, or the tinge of maracas sounding the way for the powder keg folkways of my favorite piece “Shadowboxing.” Ed recorded the bulk of the album on an eight-track in his grandmother’s house in Sussex, while the rest was done in East London’s Toe Tag studios. Graham Coxon played guitar for “Visit From A Dead Dog”, BJ Cole’s pedal steel makes appearances on various tracks and The Magic Numbers performed backing vocals on “Revolution In The Heart,” which you can check out below.

revolution in the heart.mp3

July 8 – Long Beach, CA – Fingerprints In-Store (8 pm)
July 10 – Los Angeles – The Roxy (with Gutter Twins)
July 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
July 14 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
July 15 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
July 17 – Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley (with Tim Williams)
July 18 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
July 20 – Woodstock, NY – Utopia Soundstage
July 21 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
July 22 – New York, NY – Rehab (formerly Club Midway)
July 23 – Boston, MA – T.T. The Bears

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shadowboxing (live)


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