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Coles Corner

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It isn't really necessary to listen to Richard Hawley's latest album to find out what it's about. The front cover depicts Hawley - his name in lights above him - holding a bouquet of flowers intended for his forthcoming date. The scene is set for an evening of romance but turn to the back cover shot and all dreams are crushed as the same bouquet is unceremoniously pictured in a litter bin. This is an indication that nothing has changed in Hawley's outlook but Sheffield's classiest crooner is now surrounded by lush arrangements; perhaps now affordable after almost universal praise for his previous recordings. Sure enough, Hawley fits into these settings like a pair of comfortable slippers as the songs edge ever more towards easy listening. The obvious standout moment would be 'The Ocean', featuring glistening guitar, soaring strings and Hawley's vocal drawing ever more from his deep, deep wells of melancholy. However, the quality of the track is matched by 'Tonight' in which the "unlucky in love" sentiment of the cover art is recalled in another beautiful song. Likewise, traditional instrumental 'Last Orders' makes for a poignant finale. There are times when Hawley almost seems to be sleepwalking through this record but on the occasions when he's good, he's still very good indeed.
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  Track Listing
01 Coles Corner
02 Just Like The Rain
03 Hotel Room
04 Darlin' Wait For Me
Standout Track The Ocean
06 Born Under A Red Sign
07 I Sleep Alone
08 Tonight
09 (Wading Through) The Waters Of My Time
10 Who's Gonna Shine Your Pretty Little Feet?
11 Last Orders

Standout Track = Standout Track

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