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Standing At The Sky's Edge - Richard Hawley

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: Richard Hawley / Box set / Vinyl released 2012-05-07 at Parlophone

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      17.03.2013 11:44
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      An album that will lead me to check up on Hawley's earlier releases

      Standing at the Sky's Edge is Richard Hawley's latest album, a play on words with regards to Sky's Edge, a location in Sheffield, the artist's (and my) home city. Most of the material is said to have been written whilst he was taking his dog for a walk, hardly the rock n roll background one might expect for an album. But then, Richard Hawley makes no attempt to be 'in', it's partly because of this that this gem of an album has to some extent gone under the radar.

      Today looking like Elvis Costello, Hawley was the lead singer of Sheffield indie band The Long Pigs, then went on to play with Pulp and is now carving out a solo career where he's considered a cult artist amongst his fans. I'd paid little attention to his releases until an article about this one caught my eye and I decided to give it a spin.

      The style on this album supposedly differs from his earlier work (I haven't had the chance to check out earlier albums so can't confirm it), in that it is more guitar driven. Hawley's clever lyrics are spoken gently in contrast with the wall of heavy psychedelic guitar sound but ample space is left to fit the words in when the music has dumbed down. It's not one of those albums where you are struggling to hear the singing.

      Unlike the listing here on dooyoo, this album is not a double-disc, it's one disc, there are nine tracks and I think that 'Seek It' is the catchiest, the chorus is dry but memorable and it's very Pulpish. I would generally say that the middle section is the best, Down in the Woods is a high-energy number that initially starts off at a very leisurely place and I thought it was going to be Hawley's take on the Teddy Bear's picnic at first! Staring at the Sun tells the tale of when the artist was on psychedelic drugs whilst looking after his own children and encourages putting looking after your family ahead of getting stoned. The album also goes a bit folkish with 'The Wood Collier's Grave'.

      This album doesn't have a weak point, on the first couple of listens it does tend to blend as one a bit but after several listens, it became a very worth album in my collection and I find it far superior to another solo album by an Indie wordsmith - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 She Brings The Sunlight
    2 Standing at the Sky's Edge
    3 Time Will Bring you Winter
    4 Down in the Woods
    5 Seek It
    6 Don't Stare at the Sun
    7 The Wood Collier's Grave
    8 Leave Your Body Behind You
    9 Before

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 She Brings The Sunlight
    2 Standing At The Sky's Edge
    3 Time Will Bring You Winter
    4 Down In The Woods
    5 Seek It
    6 Don't Stare At The Sun
    7 The Wood Collier's Grave
    8 Leave Your Body Behind You
    9 Before

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