Back then, Harcourt found inspiration in drinking alcohol with friends all night long, 1970s music, and books written by Hunter Thompson and Charles Bukowski. Later, Edward called music recorded during that period childish and naïve.
In 2003, Ed Harcourt released his second LP, From Every Sphere. He was working non-stop. Less than a year later, a new album, Strangers, came out. In 2005, the musician presented a compilation album, Elephant’s Graveyard, which featured non-released songs from previoujs albums.
The fourth album, The Beautiful Lie, came out in 2006. The next year, Ed presented a new compilation album, Until Tomorrow Then, which featured specially chosen tracks from the previous albums. The album also inclided songs that weren’t previously released. At that time, many fans wanted to book Ed Harcourt for private events.
While working on the release of The Beautiful Lie, Edward was getting ready for marriage. Later, the musician noted that even though his marriage was successful, the album turned out dark and teary. After the release of a compilation album, Until Tomorrow Then, Ed Harcourt stopped working in a studio for some time. He collaborated with other artists to write songs for them. He also performed live.
The next EP, Russian Roulette, came out in 2009. A year later, he released the 5th LP, Lustre. This album turned out fun and lively unlike the predecessor. A little later, Harcourt release an addition to the album, which he called Illustrious. It featured several new songs.