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Lady's Bridge [CD]

Richard Hawley Audio CD
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Richard Hawley is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer from Sheffield. Richard has previously worked with the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Pulp, Hank Marvin, A Girl Called Eddy, Duane Eddy and many more. Richard Hawley's Mercury Prize Album of the Year shortlisted ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ is out now.

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000RPCEUM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. Dark Road 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. The Sun Refused To Shine 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 


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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".

BBC Review

Richard Hawley has more than paid his dues in doing time in his share of bands including The Longpigs, Pulp, and Jarvis among a myriad of other outfits. It was only in 2006 when his third solo album Coles Corner was nominated for a Mercury Award - leading winner and head Arctic Monkey, Alex Turner, to quip that Hawley had been robbed - that cemented his gentle upgrade out of the shadows, and won him a whole host of new fans in the process.

Like its predecessor, Lady's Bridge takes its name from a local landmark in his native Sheffield, a bridge that historically connected the poor side of the town to the rich side. Along with various crossover, turning 40 and bridge analogies, it's also a deeply personal album to Hawley, who lost his father to cancer early in 2007. As a tribute, the album cover features Richard in Sheffield's answer to The Cavern - the legendary Club 60 - on the stage where his father, over 30 years ago, used to play with various blues legends John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.

Lady's Bridge sees the scope broadening further from Coles Corner, into an album that sees the average tempo lift a notch. Anyone expecting a radical new dance direction will be disappointed. He has seen that the wheel is doing fine for now and intends to leave it that way. While Hawley's sweetly dark, yet doomed romantic voice - not lightly is it compared to Scott Walker, Roy Orbison and Jim Reeves - intones tales of past love, wanderlust and heartbreak. Oh, and in the swelling swoonery of lead single 'Tonight The Streets Are Ours', ASBOs. On the magnificent 'Lady Solitude', Hawley evokes a hard worn northern Leonard Cohen, and blooms on the bruised romance of opener 'Valentine', while the gentle skiffling 'I'm Looking For Someone To Find Me' lifts the spirits immeasurably.

Overall, Lady's Bridge is an utterly lovely, timeless album that Hawley can be proud of, and deserves to further his cause in becoming a proper national treasure. Don't let him get robbed again. --Ian Wade

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 9/10. 'Roll River Roll' 9 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Richard Hawley's latest album is embued with the same romantic retro ambience as his previous ventures. The former Pulp guitarist turned baritone crooner gives a masterclass in classic pop nostalgia, pitting his melancholy Roy Orbison-cum-Scott Walker vocals against beautifully arranged compositions. Whereas he has garnered some criticism for playing it too straight, and for paying homage to his influences too conspicuously, after a couple of listens the strength of the songwriting wins over, with barely a dud track. Those who think this is too mild, not edgy enough, are missing some of the darkness of the lyrics, that recall Lee Hazlewood and, especially on 'Dark Road', Johnny Cash.

From the opener 'Valentine', the lushness of the music evokes a strangely sedative and wistful mood, so disconnected from modern times that it feels oddly haunted. 'Sing me a lullaby cos I'm sleepy' he croons over the dark and breezy atmospherics that recall Lambchop's 'Nixon'. Similarly, 'Roll River Roll' and the title track are rich with imagery, with Hawley intoning the 'deep dark waters' to take him on his 'journey home'. This ancient river, under Lady's Bridge or its metaphorical equivalent, is repeatedly returned to as a central image, a source of release, a vision of peace and even cessation. If you allow the mood of this thematic and atmospheric premise to envelope you, it becomes so much more than just the pastiche it has been unfairly accused of. Hawley takes solace from solitude from this image, something this listener was able to do in his music.

It's not all dark and gloomy however, the faintly rockabilly 'Serious' and 'I'm Looking Forward To Find Me' are toe-tapping (rock 'n' roll) dancefloor numbers.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawley's Latest Triumph 20 Aug 2007
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If there is a better songwriter and vocalist at work in Britain today, I'd like to hear about it. His debut mini album "Richard Hawley" was a tantalising glimpse of what was to come and his three follow up albums confirmed him as a singer songwriter par excellence. To continue that brilliance into a fifth album, "Lady's Bridge" is a towering achievement.

Whatever fame he gained as a bass guitarist with Pulp is completely overshadowed by his glorious solo work.

The dark, lonesome lyrics of "Lady's Bridge" speaking of loss, solitude, yearning and forlorness are brought alive by his warm, rich baritone and beautiful, soaring melodies suggesting that there is hope and redemption just around the corner.

There is a timelessness to Richard Hawley's music that defies the 21st century. "Lady's Bridge" showcases Hawley's ability with 6 and 12 string guitar, 8 string lap steel, Tennessee hi-string and hammer dulcimer - brilliant! In addition there is an eclectic range of instruments including vibraphone, bells and glockenspiel as well as beautifully orchestrated strings and the Stocksbridge Brass Band which combine to add a definition to the album that makes it an enchanting and uplifting experience. This is music for any century - don't miss it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought Coles Corner was superb!! 12 Sep 2007
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Exactly. As I said in my review to Coles Corner, after listening to it I decided to purchase all of Mr. Hawley's discography. A great choice. And Lady's Bridge is the best. Great throughout, without decaying a little towards the end, like Coles Corner. This one mixes up the slow trademark songs (Lady Solitude shines especially here) with more uptempo songs (I'm looking for someone to find me or Serious). In this set Mr. Hawley's singing rises another level, sounding very much like Roy Orbison in some tracks (Tonight the streets are ours could have been sung by The big O), and like Elvis in others (Serious, for example), no less!
An extraordinary CD, that mixes blues, rockabilly and classic ballads with really gorgeous arrangements for orchestra (Our darkness), with, of course, great guitars (Lady SOlitude, The sun refused to shine).
Superb, amazing, excellent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steady At The Helm, Mr. Hawley 30 Aug 2007
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Richard Hawley is a national treasure: I wish Bob Dylan had listened to Coles Corner before slating every record made in the last twenty-five years, as I feel sure he'd have changed his tune. As for this, his latest release, the phrase that springs most readily to mind is 'steady progress'. The opening track - Valentine - is Hawley at his most sumptuous, recalling strains of Roy Orbison and The Walker Bros, and instantly provides a link (bridge, perhaps) between Coles Corner and the new, slightly more uptempo tracks on Lady's Bridge. Roll River Roll, which follows effortlessly, is as much a career highlight as Coles Corner (the track) itself, drawing together, as it does, all those influences Hawley regularly namechecks (Fred Neil, Lee Hazlewood, et al), and it rolls just like a big river, hemmed-in exquisitely by his own rich baritone. Among the other highlights, The Sea Calls, is as lovely as anything on the recently-rediscovered John Phillips album, and the somewhat understated Our Darkness bursts magnificently into a Walkeresque bridge that is as stunning as it is unexpected, and I only wish there were more of it on this recording. The closing track - The Sun Refused To Shine - is also a belter: one of those shimmery, lost-afternoon pieces that Hawley's immaculate guitar-playing frames so well.
All told, a fine piece of work. The only thing it really lacks is the immediacy of its predecessor: i.e. the songs themselves are not of such a complete standard as Coles Corner (a tough call, after all), but the album provides a perfect bridge between, say, Lowedges and Coles Corner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great vinyl!!!
Great vinyl...something my son has wanted for a while. Was glad to find it for his birthday! Thank you
Published 2 months ago by shashi pillai
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perfect purchase
Published 4 months ago by pete4amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars He can do no wrong!
Nearly as good as Coles Corner, which is high praise indeed.
More meoldic crooning fromthe Sheffield maestro. Beautiful lyrics and sentiments and wonderful arrangements.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. D. R. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Across
I have to say I suspected 'Lady's Bridge' to be a euphemism, but it's an actual bridge in his native Sheffield. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeremy Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars It's fine
It's a download. It does what it says on the tin. If you like Richard Hawley you will like this album.
Published 14 months ago by Simon SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Ah, I just love Richard. He has made a gorgeous album of songs. Thank you Mr. Hawley! You are a precious soul! Fantastic!
Published 16 months ago by Teddy
5.0 out of 5 stars its a cracker
title track excellent, whole album great, music amazing, bit of rockabilly stuff in there too which is sound.
check him out on u-tube, funny and great videos.
Published 18 months ago by DAN SULLIVAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Decided to buy disc after seeing Richard Hawley in concert at Liverpool. The overall song content on the cd was superb.
Published 19 months ago by GORDON TIERNEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Hawley, my new favourite.
Richard Hawley was not a new name to me, but I'd never really listened to his music before, and I only bought this CD for the "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" track. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Bridge Vinyl LP
Excellent collection of songs from Richard Hawley. Quality wise this being a fairly decent Vinyl pressing.could only be a 10 out of 10 recommendation.
Published 19 months ago by Landersun
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