Ed Harcourt: Furnaces review – gently apocalyptic pop

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“I wanted to make a record that people can cry, fuck and fight to,” is how Ed Harcourt describes his aim for his seventh solo album. This raises a couple of questions – firstly, what kind of softlad would ever try rucking to orchestral indie rock? Secondly, who is the peculiar loverman that plumps for a Harcourt joint before sexy time? As for crying, well Furnaces is thankfully not nearly bad enough for that: instead it’s full of – oxymoron alert – gently apocalyptic pop with billowy choruses. Producer Flood has cloaked Harcourt’s doomy tales in a bass-heavy murk that doesn’t always to play to the record’s melodic strengths, but the likes of the title track have enough soulful energy to stop them from being swamped. Furnaces is quite clearly not the record Harcourt thinks it is, but it’s an interesting enough one nevertheless.

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