Known for his literate, Baroque rock sound, Britain's Ed Harcourt is a distinctively enigmatic presence known for his solo work and contributions to other artists' work. Arriving in the early 2000s, Harcourt gained praise for his dark-toned anthems that touched upon post-punk guitar rock, orchestral pop, and minimalist balladry. Often compared to his idol Tom Waits, the pianist/vocalist gained early respect, picking up a Mercury Prize nomination for his 2001 debut Here Be Monsters. Other albums, like 2004's Strangers (featuring the single "Born in the '70s") and 2010's Lustre, showcased his atmospheric sound, and helped to solidify his reputation as a cult favorite. Along with his own albums, he has found himself an in-demand studio player and producer, having collaborated on projects with such varied artists as Paloma Faith, Sophie ...
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