After reflecting on loss on his previous album, erstwhile Bad Seed and current PJ Harvey collaborator Mick Harvey now turns his attention to more romantic notions.
Presented as a song cycle in three acts, this sixth studio album album finds Mick delivering tracks from the likes of PJ (the distinctive ‘Glorious’), Roy Orbison, and The Saints alongside his own compositions.
‘FOUR’ is an accessible album, filled with heavy questions about what love really means, posed through sensitive and dramatic arrangements.
At the other extreme, the standout cover of Exuma’s ‘Summertime In New York’ veers perilously close to the louche, punk-jazz sound Harvey crafted way back in The Birthday Party.
Words: Mat Smith
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