Ed Harcourt – Visit From The Dead Dog (EMI/Heavenly)

Ed’s latest effort, from his forthcoming album ‘The Beautiful Lie’, recounts childhood memories of his grandmother sensing the presence of a dead dog in her bed. Coincidentally, as it’s playing I sense the presence of the same dead dog of a song that Ed’s been flogging since his first album. This time he trots it out at three quarter pace with some pleasant reverberating guitars from Graham Coxon and a trumpet solo in the middle that shouts – ‘It’s jazz music, honest’. Let’s hope the album’s more of a step forward.

EM (CMU)

Release Date: 22 May

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