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13 (Acts Of Love): Mick Harvey's Favourite Albums
Julian Marszalek , April 1st, 2014 04:16

Fresh off the back of his Ministry Of Wolves work and with Serge Gainsbourg albums and live shows on the way, the former Bad Seed and prolific singer-songwriter gives Julian Marszalek the rundown of his top 13 records


Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man – Out Of Season
For me this album is simply full of beautiful songs. I think the first couple of songs on it are more easily accessible but as you move through the album it gets more complex. I think people have missed it a bit. The complexity isn't necessarily in the playing; it's in the ideas that are in there and the latter songs aren't as accessible as the first couple. They're very strong songs right throughout the whole album but repeated listens are rewarding, as with Mark Lanegan's stuff.

I had the opportunity to tell Beth how much I liked the album but unfortunately she didn't know me from a bar of soap. I always try to be polite in these situations but it's always awkward when a fan comes up and tells you something like that. There's always an imbalance in the dialogue so I fully understand, but it isn't nice to be made to feel like an idiot.