Ah 'Late Night Final'. Am I the only man north of Worksop to think that this is Richard Hawley's finest work? Probably. I sorta went off him a bit after this as he got stuck a little too fast in the chugalong 50's throwback Roy Orbison croonings. This has everything. Sparse weepers, gorgeous instrumentals, Lambchop-like soothing pop, its all here. This is truly the record for listening to under the quilt late at night the rain beating down on the velux window. Try listening to 'Can You Hear the Rain, Love' without weeping into your pint of mild. Impossible. Part of a vinyl re-issue series of Hawley's early stuff. You need this.
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 14th November 2014
Sheffield’s Richard Hawley’s full-length debut marks a departure from the indie-rock he played as guitarist with other steel city bands Longpigs and Pulp. The songs come across as sort of updated rock ‘n’ roll ballads you’d expect from the Larry Parnes stable, Billy Fury et al.
Hawley’s velvet croon is suited perfectly to these rather lovely, understated songs. “Baby, You’re My Light” is superb, and probably his best song. “Long Black Train” and “The Nights Are Cold” are other stand-outs and the latter has since been covered by Camera Obscura.
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