Lady’s Bridge by lauded singer-songwriter Richard Hawley is an ode to his native Sheffield. Made up of 11 charming songs that switch between the romantic strains of opener "Valentine" and "Roll River Roll" to more uppity numbers such as the rhythm & blues infused "Serious" and the countrified twang of tracks like "Tonight the Streets Are Ours" and "Dark Road".
Standing at the Sky's Edge is the seventh studio album by Richard Hawley. The album is markedly different from Hawley's previous efforts, often relinquishing softer instrumentation in favour of squalling guitars. As with all of Hawley's previous albums, the title obliquely refers to a location in his native city of Sheffield, in this case Skye Edge, an hillside area with views over the city centre and formerly known for its crime-ridden estates but largely redeveloped in the mid-2000s.
2009 release, the sixth solo album from this Sheffield, England singer/songwriter and former Pulp sideman. The album's lush production provides a haunting backdrop to Hawley's unique voice and allows plenty of space for beautiful guitar solos. 'I wanted it to be a listening experience from start to finish, where you couldn't just pause it and go off and watch Coronation Street or whatever,' explains Hawley. 'Sonically, it flows. It's not jumping all over the place. It just has a mood that goes through the whole thing.' Thematically his darkest work to date, Truelove's Gutter explores the idea of people or things that are broken in some way, and the fractured and damaged times in which we live, to which Hawley's lyrics profoundly attest.
Coles Corner, the follow up to previous albums on Setanta, Late Night Final (2001) and Lowedges (2003), was recorded at Yellowarch Studio in Sheffield, singer/songwriter Hawley's hometown and is a beautiful album, filled with nostalgia, emotion and romance. The album's orchestral splendour sits alongside earthy rock and roll with songs that are by turns intimate and soaring. Richard Hawley insists his mind is full only with 'confused thoughts and Guinness'. But when he sings, he does so in a voice that's deep and low, and does not lie. His merciful, wise songs tell of the heart's truths as seen in the dark, revealed by moonlight. Thom Yorke (Radiohead) says… 'Richard Hawley is all I'm listening to at the moment' and Scott Walker says… 'Richards voice is up there with the all time greats'…