Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter (4 stars)

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Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

The singular skills of Richard Hawley were brought to the attention of the wider world in 2006 by Arctic Monkeys when, on accepting the Mercury Music Prize, they claimed ‘he was robbed!’ after they pipped his album Cole’s Corner for the prize. Two years on Hawley is in quiet, reflective mood on a truly beautiful record that makes great use of his warm fluid baritone and undulating guitar work over some peculiar instrumentation (dig that megabass waterphone kids!) and ever so delicate and considered arrangements.

This is Hawley’s In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, and like Sinatra, he’s in a dark, shadowy place. But instead of trading in melancholy and sadness Hawley’s found a chink of light, a ray of hope and is singing so perfectly for a better tomorrow.

(Mute)

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