Harvey Milk
Courtesy and Good Will Toward Men


4.5
superb

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
February 25th, 2012 | 81 replies | 8,654 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Much of Harvey Milk’s work is oddly accessible considering its sheer grandiosity and depressive nature. While there’s little as far as foothold in their brand of sludge/riffage/doom/indie/sadness, the raw, impressive guitar lines provide more than enough appeal for the listener to stick around for the entirety of the experience-- the way it’s best devoured. Courtesy And Good Will Towards Men is different in this respect. It combines the utterly dour and cohesive tenor (seriously, have you hear the transitions?) of A Small Turn Of Human Kindness with the dexterity and (comparative) ebullience of Life... The Best Game In Town. Considering that it’s 70 minutes long and that that space is filled with everything from depressive doom and sludge (“Sunshine (No Sun) Into the Sun”), to Slint-esque indie rock (“My Broken Heart Will Never Mend”) to whiskey-soaked, rattling piano ballads (“The Lord’s Prayer”), Courtesy proves to be much more ambitious than the rest of Harvey’s discography. Altogether, it’s an album that not only catapults to the forefront of the Harvey Milk canon, but to the forefront of all music that has ever attempted to impart dread and sorrow upon listeners.

Despite the fact that Harvey Milk is a band (obviously), the entirety comes off as though it was constructed and performed from the point of view of a single entity. It brings to mind artists like Leonard Cohen, which is fitting because “One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong” crosses the border from the band’s usual Cohen-worship to a Cohen-cover. This is one of the most endearing facets of the record, and its cohesiveness lends itself to the overbearing grimness throughout. Ever-shifting, the band pulls off the sharp contrasts in mood rather sincerely. For instance, “Brown Water” provides a surprisingly buoyant guitar line before dropping an anchor into the depths of sludge, heaviness, and general melancholy. Grim, right? Harvey provides brief respites from this sort of somberness with the (odd, but lovely) inclusion of ballads, and the sections soaked in 70‘s-rock nostalgia. Still, Courtesy manages to make every album that’s ventured toward seriously-melancholic territory appear as mere echoes of the asphyxiating heaviness achieved here.

Altogether, the duality of hypnotic and jarring makes for an especially potent potion that latches onto your psyche and, like a tic, refuses to let go. Scratch what I said before about the best way to devour a Harvey Milk album- Courtesy And Good Will Towards Men devours you.



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carouse
February 25th 2012



300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was very surprised to find that this did not have a review here. Sometimes I think I may take this album too seriously though, simply because most of Harvey Milk is so fun.

Wizard
February 25th 2012



19343 Comments


Took me years to get into this band and finally, an indie fag told me they were good so I thought cool, I should love these guys.

Excellent review.

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WeepingBanana
February 25th 2012



10102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

harvey milk are so m/ it's not even funny

stabbler
February 25th 2012



1415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just happened listen to this album earlier today for the first time in a while

carouse
February 26th 2012



300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Wizard, I eventually plan on reviewing the other Harvey Milk albums here that haven't yet had reviews, too.

eternium
March 24th 2012



16337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally decided to up this.

Massive riffs.

carouse
March 28th 2012



300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been listening this too, lately. I've been meaning to review some of the other Harvey Milk records that I love that do not have reviews here, hopefully I will get around to it soon.

TenSecondsToThink
June 30th 2012



1221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Ethics
November 17th 2012



4112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

first listen and brown milk just destroyyyed me

ethixx
February 5th 2013



1170 Comments


this is SO good
please listen to this everyone

ethixx
February 5th 2013



1170 Comments


lol i said brown milk it's actually brown water

Havey
February 5th 2013



9653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hehe

Harvey Water - Brown Milk

GiaNXGX
February 5th 2013



4867 Comments


havey 5'd this....hmmm... can't be that good, ok i'll have to make some research on these matters

Cygnatti
February 5th 2013



21350 Comments


havey 5'ing this means that everyone else 8/5'd this at least

ethixx
February 5th 2013



1170 Comments


nah, that's ensemble pittoresque

GiaNXGX
February 5th 2013



4867 Comments


not necessarily remembr this is depressive so if havey is linking this record to a dark time in his
life it might be more of a personal, emotional connection with Harvey Milk what lead to a `5.´

ethixx
February 5th 2013



1170 Comments


mysteriouso senor havey is

foxblood
February 5th 2013



6797 Comments


speaking of ensemble pittoresque, i've wanted to hear that but can't find it anywhere. need some help from the bros

Cygnatti
February 5th 2013



21350 Comments


agreed ethix :3

idk Gian, haven't listened so :/

Chortles
February 5th 2013



17945 Comments


i've been meaning 2 jam dis



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