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With a warm croon that recalls the mature romance of country star Jim Reeves and French pop chansonnier Serge Gainsbourg, plus orchestral arrangements ripped from the Lee Hazlewood playbook (or maybe The Tindersticks), Richard Hawley excels at dark, lonely, and hypnotic songs of love and loss. His fifth solo album, Lady's Bridge, is named after a landmark in his native Sheffield, England (as was his previous release, the excellent Cole's Corner). "Valentine" opens the album with a majestic, twinkling elegance as the strings rise to meet this gracious singer who's headlining in his own electrified cocktail lounge. Piano and a flowing rhythm mirror the sentiments of "Roll River Roll," a timeless tune that could've been penned in any decade. "Serious" picks up the pace with a near-rockabilly skip. "Tonight the Streets Are Ours" revels in a celebratory vamp. But mostly, Hawley relies on slow, bittersweet pulses ("Lady Solitude," "Our Darkness," "The Sun Refused to Shine"). His reputation began as a capable sideman for Jarvis Cocker and Pulp, but his own talents demand notice; they're never secondary.

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First exposure..and I was sold.

I bought this album on reading great reviews. Listened to it several times, loved it, and then bought ALL his other albums. Buy ‘em all, you will not be disappointed.

Biography

Born: January 17, 1967 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Engla

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With a melodic baritone anguish that falls somewhere in the neighborhood of Scott Walker, Pulp touring guitarist and former Longpigs member Richard Hawley began his solo career with a self-titled debut in 2001. The son of a steel worker, Hawley was raised in Sheffield, England, and grew up listening to folks such as Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. He learned guitar at an early age from his father and uncle. During the '90s he built up a reputation as an ace guitarist and, besides his stints in Pulp...
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