For those of us used to Richard Hawley as a hushed and romantic '50s style crooner, Standing at the Sky’s Edge was somewhat of a shock to the system. It dispensed with all the yearning orchestration on an album that follows the two guitars, bass and drums sound of many an indie band. It had guitar solos and elements of cosmic psychedelia and space rock yet look hard enough and the tender lyricism still remains.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £24.99 SETLP173C
Limited edition transparent blue sparkle vinyl reissue 2LP on Setanta. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with booklet.
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8/10 Penrith Steve 14th November 2014
“Standing At The Sky’s Edge” is Richard Hawley’s biggest, most ambitious album to date. There are no understated songs here, Hawley used the power that a full band can give. “She Brings The Sunlight” fades in slowly to start the album with Beatles-esque sitar sounds winding their way through the indie epic. The title track has a similar swelling epic quality, and it must be said, he sounds a little like Gene Clark at times. The album is quite psychedelic, which is unlike anything Hawley has done before. You assume that his influences are all pre-psychedelic judging by previous albums. The psychedelia is most evident on “Time Will Bring You Winter” and “Leave Your Body Behind You”. The single “Don’t Stare At The Sun” combines the gentleness of his earlier work with the bigger-is-better approach of this album to make an affecting ballad. This album brought Richard Hawley his second Mercury Music Prize nomination, which means very little as M People actually won it once over.
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