What Am I Listening To 2014 – “In My Time of Dust” by Ed Harcourt

Posted: February 4, 2014 in Album Reviews, What Am I Listening To 2014
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Ed Harcourt’s new album “Time of DustEd Harcourt "Time of Dust"” is a sombre and melancholy affair. It’s also a pretty good listen.

The macabre opening piano riff of “Dreamland” sets the tone with a love song that Gomez Addams might sing to Morticia if they were into singer/songwriters. The title track is a catalog characters and events you might notice when the world is falling apart.  Further on the saddest orchestra plays sadly and slightly out of tune (fortunately for us, only in the lyrics), the ship goes down,  rooks sit on a fence waiting to move one on to the next world, and we are reminded that love is like a minor key. I think you get the gist.

What offsets all this darkness is that at its core this is an engaging collection of well-crafted and well-performed songs. The music consistently compliments the lyric content. The production and arrangements support the songs perfectly and are creative enough within the margins of support. The album is as easily listenable as it is dark.

My one criticism is a minor technicality: at six songs this seems to me to be neither an EP nor an album. I suppose that hardly matters as we progress further into the digital age.  If a six-track album means no filler or out-of-context tracks, and there are none, then so be it.

If you want to hear an above average singer/songwriter album and the above description hasn’t put you off, you should give this a shot. I’ve added “In My Time of Dust” to the What Am I Listening To 2014 playlist.

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