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A themed masterwork by young Hawksley,
This review is from: Last Night We Were (Audio CD)
This second album by Hawksley, possessing the greatest title of any album ever, is his 'sex' album. Hawksley is as forthright and libidinous here as Prince in his prime. Some people will love this album, some will hate it. It's not another 'For Me And The Girls', which was one of the most startlingly inventive debut albums ever. Track by track Delicious Wolves isn't as strong, but the overall theme helps tie the pieces together, and overall is perhaps a more satisfying experience. I have been playing the import copy for almost a year now. The British version has two extra tracks which I have yet to hear, along with three music videos; worth purchasing it again, because Hawksley is a special talent. The two openers are terrific moments of commercial pop/rock. At first I was unnerved by the electric guitars on Striptease, but beneath the rock antics, is a great pop song. Jealous Of Your Cigarette is alot of fun, and ever so slightly naughty. However, it's after these two tracks that the album gets into its stride and spreads its wings. You Me and the Weather is a terrific song, one of Hawksley's best, as he climbs into his inimitable falsetto for a stirring crescendo. Little Tragedies is a cute ultra-catchy piece of glam rock. What A Woman is a ballad hammed up to the max, Hawksley seemingly taking the mick out of every slushy love ballad ever written, while somehow making it seem oddly affecting. This is followed by 'Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off', another seemingly tongue-in-cheek parody with a slightly reggae or Carribean feel. Old Bloody Orange is a marvellous piece of cod-gospel, during which he sings: 'Sing me a story of two naked lovers out testifying, beating their drums on a salty coast side, with blood in their tears, held down from the heavens by the virtues of their bodies, trying to make it last forever' . . . memorable lines to say the least. Clever Not Beautiful is a strut of a song, with Hawksley at one point singing along to his own guitar solo like some modern day Amadeus. No Beginning No End is another wonderful, dramatic, epic song. This is followed by the piece de resistance, 'Dirty And True', one of the most staggering and outrageous pieces of music ever recorded. Queen songs were modest by comparison. But do not let the Queen reference put you off. Like Freddie Mercury, Hawksley is a showman, and on this track he gives us everything, including a wonderfully camp and weird speech. At the climax he sings: 'I can hardly wait to fall down beside you/Collapse from a night of exhaustion, so burning, so dirty and true'. The song fades into the exquisitely beautiful piano ballad, Lethal and Young, a commentary on the darker consequences of modern sex. The album lasts less than forty minutes, but in that time, Hawksley leads the listener on an astonishing rollercoaster ride. Anyone who likes ecletic albums by polymath musical geniuses, should own this album. It is unforgettable.