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Tonight The Streets Are Ours - Music Box

    The third in the series of Richard Hawley music boxes.

    "Do you know why you got feelings in your heart....."



    Richard Hawley

    Open Up Your Door - Music Box

      The 2nd in the series of Richard Hawley music boxes.

      Wind the handle to play the gorgeous refrain from Open Up Your Door.

      An absolute gem!

      Richard Hawley

      Coles Corner - Music Box

        The first of a series of Richard Hawley music boxes.

        Turn the handle to play a snippet of Coles Corner.

        It'll melt your heart!

        It’s been a while since the last Richard Hawley album - 4 years in fact. During that time he made a decision to break the recording / touring cycle he’d been working since he was 14 and went off to write music for films and also an acclaimed musical, "Standing At The Sky's Edge", based around a housing estate in his home town. But now he’s back, with a new album, and although there’s plenty of the swoonsome, croonsome Hawley we know and love, he’s not been afraid to push the boundaries a little.

        If you’re a 6music listener, then you can’t fail to have heard the opening track, the bluesy rock’n’roll stomp of “Of My Mind” - maybe a bit of a shock to the system for long-time Hawley fans, but fear not! It’s followed my the Smithsian “Alone” and then the gorgeous “My Little Treasures” - a beautiful, heartfelt song written about drinking with two of his late father’s oldest friends. The sweeping strings and pedal steel of the title track and slow strummed ballad  “Emilina Says” wind things down beautifully.

        I don’t know if the album was put together with the thought of an A-side and B-side in mind, but that’s how it comes across, with both sides opening with a big ballsy blast that slowly eases as the needle creeps inwards. The B-side opens with “Is There A Pill?”, with it’s pounding drums and big string surges that bring to mind “A Design For Life” era Manics. It’s followed by the chugging “Galley Girl” and then gently drifts into the languid “Not Lonely”. “Time Is” could be a Neil Diamond cover (he wrote some gems you know!) and is followed by my favourite track on the album “Midnight Train” - classic Hawley! And finally, the album is rounded off with the short but sweet, gentle strum of “Doors”.

        “Further” is possibly the most diverse album Richard Hawley has recorded, but it flows beautifully - partly down to the wonderfully intertwined guitar playing of Hawley and long-time cohort Shez Sheridan, but also because Hawley is such a great song writer. If like me, you are unsure on first listen, stick with it - it’s worth it!

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Off My Mind
        2. Alone
        3. My Little Treasures
        4. Further
        5. Emilina Says
        6. Is There A Pill?
        7. Galley Girl
        8. Not Lonely
        9. Time Is
        10. Midnight Train
        11. Doors

        Richard Hawley

        Standing At The Sky's Edge

          Following the success of his award-winning, hugely acclaimed 2009 album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’, Richard Hawley will release his sixth studio album.

          Recorded at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studio in 2011, ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ marks a seismic shift in direction for Hawley. The album is a euphoric, sonic assault on the senses, channelling elements of psychedelia, space rock and ragas with heavy riffs and raw, visceral guitar solos – as well as more familiar, tender moments – which will surprise Hawley’s fans and peers alike.

          Exploring lyrical themes of love, loss, redemption and darker areas of the human condition, it’s an album of ominous storytelling and cosmic exploration, sung in Hawley’s rich baritone and soundtracked by an epic musical journey in glorious, menacing Technicolor. In the tradition of Hawley’s previous albums, the title is inspired by an area of Sheffield.

          Hawley says of the album, “I wanted to get away from the orchestration of my previous records and make a live album with two guitars, bass, drums and rocket noises!”

          'Standing At The Sky's Edge' is set to establish Hawley as one of the UK's greatest, contemporary guitarists.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Laura says: Right from the off you realise that this album isn’t exactly going to follow the same lush, string embellished path of the last three Hawley albums, as it plunges straight into a seven minute plus psych rocker. "She Brings The Sunlight" and title track "Standing At The Sky’s Edge" - a bleak view of modern life pushing people to the brink - pretty much set the tone for the whole album really. Although he hinted at a darker side with "Truelove’s Gutter", this album is not just a darker affair, but heavier too. (He has rocked before though don’t forget, and he’s really pretty good at it!) There are lighter moments: "Seek It" and the shimmering acid haze of "Don’t Stare At The Sun" for example, mellow things out nicely before we’re plunged back into heavy riffs and layers of feedback. It’s an ambitious and very different sound, but he pulls it off with ease. And of course with THAT voice, it’s most definitely a Richard Hawley album. A triumph!

          TRACK LISTING

          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

          Richard Hawley

          Lady's Bridge

            "Lady's Bridge" is filled with enough classics to last you a lifetime. Great music doesn't need hype, it makes its own friends. And "Lady's Bridge" will find plenty. As they did in "Coles Corner", ghosts haunt "Lady's Bridge" – the dying embers of past romances in "Valentine", the 16-piece string orchestral lush opener, there are the victims of the Great Sheffield Flood remembered in "Roll River Roll" and the glorious "The Sun Refused To Shine", the lonesome wanderlust of "The Sea Calls" and "Dark Road". There is tenderness (the lovely "Our Darkness" which finds our hero returning to the sanctuary of home) and grit too, the first single – "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" is quite possibly the most beautiful song about the brutality of the British government's anti-social behaviour policy you are ever likely to hear. The album's title "Lady's Bridge" is a Sheffield landmark and the oldest bridge to cross the river Don. 'I used to walk across it nearly every day, it was a gateway from the poor bit of town to the rich bit' - Richard Hawley. The album was recorded at Yellow Arch Studio in Neepsend, Sheffield in the dilapidated building that Hawley had helped out with the restoration of almost four years ago. Yellow Arch gives Hawley what he calls 'that Sun Studio red light factor' and the pressure of turning up with the bones of an idea and leaving with a masterpiece.


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