When his former bands, the Bad Seeds and Crime & The City Solution, release new records, Mick Harvey can't beat them. At least that's what it seems like, as his sixth solo album "Four (Acts Of Love)" comes on the shelves almost at the same time as the new releases of his former colleagues. The four stages of love are rolled out here in three acts, which are romantic, melancholic, melancholic, melancholic and a little gloomy. Partly instrumental interim parts like "Midnight On The Ramparts", "Where There's Smoke" and "A Drop, An Ocean" form the kit that connects the actual songs: besides own songs also PJ Harvey's "Glorious", Roy Orbison's "Wild Hearts Run Out Of Time" and Van Morrison's "The Way Young Lovers Do". Harvey's songwriting skills and sense for drama are particularly impressive with the thoughtful pieces "God Made The Hammer", "Praise The Earth (An Ephemeral Play)" and "I Wish That I Were Stone", where it is not so far away from that of his former bandleaders Nick Cave and Simon Bonney.
Top track: God Made The Hammer