With good looks, melodic songwriting, and a Jeff Buckley-esque voice, bigger things were expected out of English singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt when he emerged in 2001. I bet, like the rest of us, he looks at the rise of the far less-talented James Blunt and thinks, “You f**kin’ tosser!” He may not have had a No. 1 hit, but at least he can say to himself, “I’m not James Blunt in any way, shape, or form. Damn, it’s good to be me!”

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.