A perfect collection of songs to demonstrate his huge repertoire.
Lizzie Ennever 2007-10-05
Ed Harcourt is one of a rare breed in Britain – he is a singer-songwriter in the ‘old school’, truest sense of the word; ie he is a talented musician who writes all his own songs, and has a plethora to choose from for his albums. No X Factor contestant is ever likely to pick one of his tracks for their audition. And though it seems a travesty that someone like James Blunt is celebrated around the world while Harcourt’s music bubbles just under the surface of recognition, you get the feeling that he and his legions of fans much prefer it that way.
He has released five studio albums and has gathered a loyal tribe of followers over seven years. He's a multi-instrumentalist with a tendency to use a variety of eclectic and interesting sounds in all his hundreds of tracks. Until Tomorrow… is a gathering of fourteen of his best songs from those five albums, as well as two previously unreleased tracks. Highlights include “Apple Of My Eye” which demonstrates Harcourt’s wide vocal range and has a great clapped rhythm track and “Fireflies Take Flight”, which is a beautiful and gentle song that lulls you into a Sunday evening mood, whatever day of the week it is. Opener “Born In The 70s” is much more upbeat and gives an 'insight' into Ed’s view of life with lines like “My parents named me Ed”. It feels very personal and honest.
The previously unreleased “You Put A Spell On Me” also makes you feel that Harcourt really does put himself out there in his songs – there’s an integrity and an emotion in his music that really sets him apart from most of today’s label-produced ‘singer-songwriters’. If you’ve never heard any of his music, Until Tomorrow is a great introduction to a musician who deserves to be listened to, and if you are already a die-hard fan, it’s a perfect collection of songs to demonstrate his huge repertoire. This almost seems like a halfway point in Harcourt’s career, and, hopefully, there will be at least another five albums to come.