Heavenly - 2003 - 56 minutes

"I've grown into a different man," purrs Ed Harcourt on 'Ghost Writer'. Over dramatic maybe, but he's moved on plenty from his Mercury-nominated debut 'Here Be Monsters'. 'Ghost Writer' aside, there's nothing makeweight on 'From Every Sphere' as Harcourt lifts you up and drags you down with a collection to sing with or cry to.

And the album's best tracks are at either extreme: 'Watching the Sun Come Up' gets over a broken heart with the spirit of Dexy's Midnight Runners, while the title track chugs towards total darkness for over seven minutes.

Harcourt had 50 tracks for a double album, recorded 21 and then pared it down to the dozen here. When you've lived with them a while, you'll be desperate to hear what didn't make the grade.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Bittersweetheart – All of Your Days Will Be Blessed – Ghost Writer – The Birds Will Sing For Us – Sister Renée – Undertaker Strut – Bleed a River Deep – Jetsetter – Watching the Sun Come Up – Fireflies Take Flight – Metaphorically Yours – From Every Sphere