3. Ed Harcourt – Back into the Woods
Recorded in one, 6-hour Abbey Road session, Harcourt’s minimalist approach to his 7th studio album means the record relies on the strength of the songs. With Harcourt in reflective mood, the songs take on extra poignancy due to this recording process, and the album is all the better for it. Largely just a piano or guitar and Harcourt’s voice, along with a small string section, the likes of ‘Last Will and Testament’ and ‘Hey Little Bruiser’ cement Harcourt’s reputation as a fine songwriter.