Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters

by Ed HarcourtEd Harcourt

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Overview

Ed Harcourt certainly has a grasp of atmospherics, and he's steeped -- some would say marinated -- in his influences. There are some really marvelous tracks on Here Be Monsters, the songwriter's debut album. "Something in My Eye," which is lush with trumpet and strings, has an evocative tune and a vocal in a languid stupor, while "Beneath the Heart of Darkness" sports a great lead-in and such witty, ear catching lyrics as "spluttering like an army of artillery sporadically firing." The ending veers into the experimental, with a hurricane of noisy static before a calm resolution. "Wind Through the Trees," sounds like the forlorn hand of Erik Satie skittering its way across a piano, with the dreamy refrain "You can't run from me/'cos I'm the wind through the trees." Beautiful. Other tracks warranting further ear time are "These Crimson Tears," with its cello and muted trumpet wafting after-hours from some jazz club alleyway, and "Apple of My Eye," which has a mock Motown/spiritual vibe, with handclaps and a much beefier vocal than the one featured on the earlier Maplewood EP. What remains is less noteworthy, and the penultimate track, "Shanghai," comes with an awful, possibly ironic guitar break, and sounds like a Buggles reject. It's a baffling puzzler given what preceded it, making one wonder about the artist's allegedly vast back catalog and his possibly tenous hold on quality control. This artist contains multitudes, though, and it looks like the gifted ones are in the ascendant. Follow his upward trajectory.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2001
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724353354923
catalogNumber: 533549
Rank: 98707

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Harcourt   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wind,Sampling,Vibes,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer,Beatbox
Simon Harris   Background Vocals
Dave Fridmann   Background Vocals
Tim Holmes   Bass,Sampling,Loops
Gil Norton   Hand Clapping
Sara Wilson   Cello
Howard Gott   Violin
Chris Scard   Hand Clapping
Ruth Gottlieb   Violin
Hadrian Garrard   Percussion,Trombone,Trumpet,Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Leo Abrahams   Guitar,Mandolin,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Omnichord,Telephone Voice,Guitar (Baritone)
Sophie Sarota   Viola
Arnulf Lindner   Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Double Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Bowed Bass
Martin Kelly   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Fridmann   Producer,Engineer
Tim Holmes   Producer,Engineer
Gil Norton   Producer
Steve Parr   Engineer
Alan Winstanley   Producer,Engineer
Howard Gott   String Arrangements
Chris Scard   Sound Effects,Engineer
Ed Harcourt   Producer,String Arrangements
Hadrian Garrard   Radio Sound Effects
Leo Abrahams   String Arrangements
Sophie Sarota   String Arrangements
Brendan Kuntz   Engineer

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