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Dark places are not always bad,
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A strange album - Richard Hawley has a reputation for being the bard of the industrial estate and Truelove doesn't really dispel that myth. He takes you to places where you wouldn't normally want to go but manages to impart a sense of wonder in the ordinary and gives glitter to the rainswept northern streets. Imagine if Jim Reeves had been born in Broomhill rather than Texas. Then make him spend his youth listening to the Bunnymen and classic sixties pop. Get Scott Walker in to produce him and make Scott promise not to ditch the melody and you'd be just about there. Hawley sings for the lost and lonely, but in a way that makes the world seem not a bad place. After listening to Truelove, you don't come out the other side despairing, you actually feel a little better about the world. It is, in a way, quite a life affirming piece of art. The songs have time to settle and expand and the music is given space (something sorely lacking in today's digital production age) to allow tenderness and wonder to come out freely in the lyrics. Worth its place as one of 2009's albums of the year.