Four (Acts of Love)

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Four (Acts of Love)
Studio album by Mick Harvey
Released June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11)
Genre Pop, Rock
Length 33:03
Label Mute
Mick Harvey chronology
Sketches from the Book of the Dead
Four (Acts of Love)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Clash 9/10[3]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[4]
Blurt Magazine 4/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[6]
MusicOMH 3.5/5 stars[7]
PopMatters 6/10[8]

Four (Acts of Love) is the sixth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Mick Harvey - and his second since leaving Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. It was released in June 2013 under Mute Records. The 14 tracks make up a song cycle, bookended by "Praise the Earth (Wheels of Amber and Gold)" and "Praise the Earth (An Ephemeral Play)". The album includes eclectic covers including The Saints' punk "The Story of Love", P. J. Harvey's "Glorious" - she also duets with Harvey on the track - and Van Morrison's "The Way Young Lovers Do" off the classic Astral Weeks.

Track list[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Praise the Earth (Wheels of Amber and Gold)"   M. Harvey 2:12
2. "Glorious"   P. J. Harvey 3:27
3. "Midnight and the Ramparts"   M. Harvey 2:16
4. "Summertime in New York"   T. Mckay 3:15
5. "Where There's Smoke"   M. Harvey 1:26
6. "God Made the Hammer"   M. Harvey 2:39
7. "I Wish That I Were Stone"   M. Harvey 1:34
8. "The Way Young Lovers Do"   V. Morrison 2:48
9. "A Drop, An Ocean"   M. Harvey 1:14
10. "The Story of Love"   Ed Kuepper 3:35
11. "Where There's Smoke (After)"   M. Harvey 1:32
12. "Wild Hearts"   Will Jennings 3:53
13. "Fairy Dust"   M. Harvey 1:44
14. "Praise the Earth"   M. Harvey 4:08


  1. ^ "Four (Acts of Love) Reviews". Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Four (Acts of Love)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  3. ^ Smith, Mat (2013-05-03). "Mick Harvey - Four (Acts of Love)". Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  4. ^ Staunton, Terry. "Four (Acts of Love)". Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  5. ^ Toland, Michael. "Mick Harvey - Four (Acts of Love)". Blurt Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  6. ^ Zevolli, Giuseppe (2013-04-26). "Album Review". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  7. ^ Saunders, Chris (2013-04-22). "Four (Acts of Love)". MusicOMH. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  8. ^ Schurr, Maria (2013-06-10). "Mick Harvey: Four (acts of Love)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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