#473: 2012, Richard Hawley, Standing At The Sky’s Edge

by Ray_North on May 29, 2012

The last few weeks have seen the release of three really brilliant albums – Jack White’s Blunderbuss, The Black Keys’ El Camino and Richard Hawley’s, Standing At The Sky’s Edge, from which this is the title track.

I can’t remember the last time, I have been really bowled over by so much music in such a short space of time.

Interestingly, all three have in common really earthy rock guitar riffs, ranging from the dirty pop sound of The Black Keys to Jack White’s incredibly stripped down yet at the same time souped up six string – and this album which combines the wonderfully luxuriant croon of Richard Hawley with the massive guitar sound that is bigger and louder and rockier than his earlier albums.

I love Richard Hawley – in a world where so much music sounds so formulaic and tedious, his retrospective sound stands out, conjuring up a world that is at once both 1960’s Las Vegas and 2000’s Sheffield, it is glamour and grime, quiet and loud, a powerful cacophony of emotion.

If you haven’t already discovered RIchard Hawley, then, I commend this album to you.

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George_East May 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Er, El Camino came out December last year. That’s 6 months ago.

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