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Mick Harvey - Two Of Diamonds

Iain Moffat
Iain Moffat 3 June 2007 at 17.49

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Harvey drapes his careworn vocals and arcane melancholic arrangements over a feast of ultra-obscure covers.

He may be best known as an extremely discerning cohort, but, hearing this, you'd be forgiven for wondering how much of the darkness pervading Nick Cave and PJ Harvey's work is actually down to Mick Harvey. On this, his latest solo album, he drapes his careworn vocals and arcane melancholic arrangements over a feast of ultra-obscure covers ranging from Emmylou Harris' glowingly stately 'Here I Am' through the aforementioned Polly's deliciously pointy 'Slow-Motion-Movie-Star' to Bill Withers' startlingly stark 'I Don't Want You On My Mind', while cunningly allowing his own endeavours the lush cascade of 'Blue Arrows' and the delicately droned 'Little Star' to steal the show. Star-making it isn't, but it's wise and often beguiling nonetheless.

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