Despite being nominated for a Mercury for 2001 debut Here Be Monsters, Ed Harcourt has never really broken into the mainstream.
This six-track mini-album is unlikely to be a game-changer but it is an absorbing piece of work and 2014’s first must-hear record.
He’s been compared to Jeff Buckley but on Love Is A Minor Key he sounds not unlike Rufus Wainwright doing the former’s Hallelujah. The album’s closing track, it is only here that you realise quite how lovely a voice Harcourt has – with slightly less intense lyrics, this could be a mainstream love song and earn him millions.
On the fantastic Parliament of Rooks, a duet with the equally underrated Kathryn Williams, he creates a huge masterwork fit for arenas.
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