Richard Hawley goes from strength to strength and this is his best album yet. I didn't think he could better his last album ,especially after I heard him live in Dublin in 2008,but this one is something very special that I can listen to for the next 30 years and never tire of it. As the nights draw in , this is the album to listen to on a long road journey or in front of the fire at home with a glass or two of something nice.
I was only introdued to RH recently and then had the immense pleasure of seeing him perform live a couple of weeks ago. His songs touch the soul. His voice is exquisite. He is a true artist and this music will give you emotions that will stay with you forever.
Richard Hawley has a great voice as stated in the critics column. But have realised am not into crooners anymore, not since the great Frank Sinatra went missing. So must listen before buying, not the first time, so easy to get carried away when reading other peoples' reactions and opinions. Have put it into library so it may grow on me ... maybe.
So, here we have at last the new album from Richard Hawley. His sixth CD, his sixth masterpiece. Astonishing. This album reminds me of Late Night Final, they share the same spirit, but in Truelove's Gutter the instrumentation is richer, denser, with unusual instruments, but with a breathtaking result. These eight songs are beautiful, slow (only Open up your door a little more up tempo), and with great lyrics. What this man accomplishes in every album (6 out of 6 brilliant masterpieces) is amazing. I dare to say that perhaps, with time, Mr. Hawley will be considered the natural heir of Van Morrison, probably not lyrically (Mr. Morrison is a poet), but certainly as a great multiinstrumentalist, and a superb musician. Both have created a sound world of their own, their voices are powerful and distinctive, and have already created albums that will remain in time.