By Richard Swift
Acoustic guitar, piano, bells!
Californian singer-songwriter Richard Swift is here of course, and he brings a melancholy ballad for your broken souls. 'Beautiful Heart' is a sumptuous, sad and sometimes uplifting acoustic strum taken from his double-album debut 'The Novelist / Walking Without Effort'.
Imagine a toned down Doves performing a Richard Ashcroft penned ditty and you get the picture. Swift's moody and downcast voice aligns perfectly with his uplifting chorus of "you've got a beautiful heart", showing as the Manics did on 'Everything Must Go', that you can mix doom with va va voom in music. Also in conjunction with 'EMG', the melody is hugely accessible and thus safe, and the song doesn't take much effort from the brain to take in. Sometimes a bad thing (The Darkness), here a good thing.
Criticisms? Well it is rather predictable, and you can practically hear the chorus before the first verse has begun. Also, it doesn't quite get the juices flowing like a good game of snooker. But who am I to comment? It's been hailed by Uncut for Christ's sake!