2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Lady's Bridge (Audio CD)
"Consolidation" is the best way to describe this album. The shapes aren't really changing and in one sense why should they?
Richard Hawley sings beautifully and writes beautifully. Tracks like "Roll River Roll" have a class about them that moves beyond the pastiche that musicians so often fall into when echoing the 1950s.
Gene Vincent, pre-Beatles British pop music, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash haunt this album in a way that stops Richard Hawley being a critically-acclaimed Shakin' Stevens.
"Serious" comes closest to pastiche but its energy makes it work.
"Dark Road" is so quintessentially Hawley lyrically that you could guess all the allegories and imagery (aside from the title) without even hearing the song and be right. But the fat guitar riff and lonesome sound carries it off.
The last 2 tracks on the album are dark yet likeable. "Our Darkness" being the stronger of the two.
Four stars easily. However, to do another consolidation album after this one might bring about staleness.
Advice straight from Merry Terry's Career Office porta-cabin: Beautiful formula, sir, but go a bit stranger on us next time. Maybe... maybe don't..