Saturday, 21 September 2013

Top 50 of 2012: No.12: Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge (Parlophone)

Having been a fan of bands Richard Hawley has worked with previously such as Longpigs and Pulp, I decided to take a chance on this album, having heard nothing of his other solo work, and it’s amazing just how talented he obviously is. Being a fan of dark albums this was always going to appeal to me, bringing to mind artists such as Mark Lanegan and Leonard Cohen but with so much more emphasis on the instruments, it feels like the styles wouldn’t go together, dark soulful vocals over heavy psycadelic guitar, but Hawley manages to pull this off with mastery. The first minute of ‘She Brings The Sunlight’ sucks you in to his world of despair and holds you there for the next 50 minutes, this is one of the times taking a chance really pays off.


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