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Standing At The Sky's Edge [+Digital Booklet]

7 May 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Mute Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 50:38
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  • ASIN: B007R461ZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,412 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
4.5 stars

This is all a bit unexpected. Richard Hawley classic balladeer, aching lyricist and glorious singer songwriter becomes a space rock cadet? That at least is the interpretation of a number of music magazine reviews of this album thus far and it is partly why this reviewer for the first time approached a Hawley album with a distinct degree of trepidation. On the surface it all sounds faintly sacrilegious. Hawley is a man of humungous talent but inevitably when his name enters your head its the lush romanticism of a "Coles Corner", "Tonight the streets are ours" or "For your lover give some time" which spring to the forefront. In this setting his latest opus "Standing at the sky's edge" is a real departure but the good news is that it is a roaring success particularly if you are prepared to move on from his accumulated past glories and celebrate a much nosier and sonic orientated domain.

The declaration of intent comes on the monster seven minute opener "She brings the light" which starts sounding vaguely Eastern in a "Kashmir" kind of way until huge hammer chords pile in and Hawley's echoing vocals roll out over what sounds like a mix of sitars. It is like Stone Roses power chords at Spinal Tap volume eleven meets Cornershop and it works brilliantly largely because of underlying pop sensibility of Hawley's songwriting. Register in addition the blistering guitar solo at around four minutes might bring down the porcelain ducks off the wall. If you want to hear it you can download the track free from Amazon, bless them. The pace settles into a moody gallop on the deeply textured title track on which Hawley's atmospheric vocals are at their brilliant best. It has a nice psychedelic feel and really does power up over its near seven minute duration.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jag54F on 20 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
This Album has brought me to Richard Hawley, I wasn't a fan until I saw & heard him play tracks off this Album live on Later with Jool's. So my review is impartial and not based on 'what he used to be like' because I dont know!.
Standing At The Sky's Edge is fantastic if you like music that is sublime and stylishly modern but with a touch of old-school playing styles & sound- I love the Rickenbacker 12 string on Down In The Woods!.
I don't like to use the word "psychedelic" but that is the word this album conjours up quite afew times with it's beautiful pastiche of melodies & soundscaping. The lyrics, the music & imagery are all pure magic and I rate this Album as the best I have bought in a very long time.
Lastly some words on the presentation, the Album cover artwork is great and reflects the style of the Music perfectly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirkus on 20 May 2012
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I really like the hard guitar based sonic explosions on this album, but at times struggle with the settings of the mix, no more so than on the opening track 'she brings in the sunlight'. Hawleys vocals are buried behind the wall of noise, a good wall of noise I agree, but I would like to hear the lyrics, and especially as the lyrics aren't included in the booklet.

But overall I like the bombastic, even Hendrix style guitar on some tracks.

Track 8 'You leave your body behind you', is in my mind written for Morrissey to cover, and I would love to hear that as the track just fits his current style, let alone see him perform it with Hawley on guitar, or am I just fantasizing?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C22man on 8 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD
It has to be said that Richard Hawley pulled this out of the hat. 'Standing At The Sky's Edge' is like nothing he's ever done before and its his best album yet. Out come guitars soaked in waves of feedback, echoing vocals and a new psychedelic sound of pure sonic bliss. Its like he was locked in a room listening to nothing but My Bloody Valentine and Echo & The Bunnymen. Its an album that can be loud yet offer a lot of aural calmness. There's clearly a strong Shoegaze and Dream Pop influence mixed in here, and its really refreshing to hear this come from someone like Hawley.

'She Brings The Sunlight' is distorted guitars mixed with Hawley's distant vocals, a brilliant opener. The title track and 'Time Will Bring You Winter' are great drifting, catchy songs with some excellent hooks. While 'Down In The Woods' is fast paced psychedelica sounding like Ride at their most bombastic. Both 'Seek It' and 'Don't Stare At The Sun' are superb slower, more reflective tracks as is the short 'The Wood Collier's Grave'. Single 'Leave Your Body Behind You' is simply excellent, with a great beat and powerful vocals. 'Before' is a brilliant closer, building beautifully and exploding into noise along the way.

So Richard Hawley has evolved and created a new sound which is captivating and exciting. Certainly one of the best albums of the past year and deserves all the praise it gets.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mister Kite on 24 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
I love the quieter more reflective Hawley, and think Roll River Roll is one of the most exquisite pieces of British music created in the last 10 years. Like some folk here, I was therefore pretty surprised to see a few of these new album tracks featured live on Later... I didn't get it at first, and thought Richard Hawley had dumbed down, bought some expensive classic guitars and amps, and become Oasis.

Luckily a friend insisted I hear the album, and I started playing it in my car. Fortunately, I played it loud, and then I got it! You can't really appreciate this album quietly. It has to be played full throttle. I felt stoned listening to it, carried away by its sonic transcendency. It would be great played live or even over the PA at a festival.

This album really is the finest British psychedelic album since Kula Shaker's K. Yes, that band have been dismissed by critics since, but their first album was in my opinion one of the finest English psychedelic rock albums released in the last twenty years. It had similar Harrisonesque elements, modal sitarish drones and other worldliness lyrics.

Hawley is a genius, and has continued in the great British psychedelic tradition with Standing.. There are a few quieter tracks later in the album, but avoid this if you no longer like loud guitar rock. Definitely investigate, however, if you still have room in your heart for this genre but done really intelligently. Nothing like Oasis really.
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