Here Be Monsters

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Joseph
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...
See more details below
CD
$14.24
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (7) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $6.53   
  • Used (3) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Joseph
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.
Entertainment Weekly - Rob Brunner
Despite blatant echoes of Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, and a host of others, this is still an impressive collection of graceful, piano-based pop songs that are, for the most part, as unpretentious as you might expect from a guy named Ed. (B+)
Time Out New York - Adrienne Day
A rich tapestry of jazzy rock, blues and gospel-tinged songs, with touches of Beta Band-like electronic tinkering that reveals the steady influence of Death in Vegas coproducer Tim Holmes... Here Be Monsters is both gripping and surreal, melodic and chaotic.

A rich tapestry of jazzy rock, blues and gospel-tinged songs, with touches of Beta Band-like electronic tinkering that reveals the steady influence of Death in Vegas coproducer Tim Holmes... Here Be Monsters is both gripping and surreal, melodic and chaotic.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724353354923
  • Catalog Number: 533549
  • Sales rank: 230,448

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ed Harcourt Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, 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
Danton Supple Digital Editing
Alan Winstanley Producer, Engineer
Howard Gott String Arrangements
Miles Showell Mastering
John Dunne Digital Editing
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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspiring, but quite disappointing

    I was really happy about the instrumentation on his album. It is rare to find musicians who really seek out different sounds and textures in the production of their albums, but I was really disappointed with the songwriting. I think his lyrics are weak and border on lame. If you enjoy the poetic, clever and colorful songwriting of such musicians as Jon Brion, Elvis Costello, Fiona Apple, Ben Folds, PJ Harvey, Donald Fagan, Elton John (early stuff), you'll know what I mean. However, I find it hard to diss him entirely because I like different and he does deserve some attention. Decide for yourself.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews