Richard Hawley
Coles Corner


3.5
great

Review

by HolidayKirk USER (151 Reviews)
May 20th, 2015 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For Tomorrow: A Guide to Contemporary British Music, 1988-2013 (Part 97)

Using music to wallow through the depths of one’s own misery is one of life’s prime pleasures. Music allows us to luxuriate in our unhappiness, let someone else tell us how miserable we are in dulcet tones as we float down our own personal river of ugh. Former Pulp guitarist turned crooner Richard Hawley mines Frank Sinatra in his Wee Small Hours (1955) mode and vintage country and western for his own Cole's Corner, a rich and romantic record to drown yourself to.

Hawley was a member of Pulp during their We Love Life era and he clearly picked up Jarvis Cocker’s ability to let a chorus swell out of the arrangement rather than just smash the song into it. Album centerpiece “The Ocean”, the choice cut for aforementioned drowning activities, leans into its rich string section until its heavenly sigh pushes the refrain out to sea. “Coles Corner” observes the titular location in Sheffield as a place where “the traffic of life is flowing” yet Hawley remains distinctly separate from it, only going to attempt to “hold back the night”. Yet, as sad as Coles Corner might sound it can actually be quite romantic. The arrangements are so rich and vibrant with strings and reverb’d guitars that you can pretty ably adapt these sad sack ‘o’ crap tunes to a pleasant occasion as well. Tempos are varied enough to prevent Coles Corner from ever becoming a truce with the steam train shuffle of “Just Like the Rain” and “I Sleep Alone” picking things up enough without breaking mood.

Coles Corner ended up being a breakout moment for Hawley, if not quite commercially certainly critically as it picked up a Mercury Prize nomination and received high praise across the board. To date it remains his best known, and best, album. Give it a spin when you need some warm, downcast music to accompany your rainy day.



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HolidayKirk
May 20th 2015


1722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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Mort.
May 20th 2015


14842 Comments


Good review as always



SharkTooth
May 21st 2015


14150 Comments


adding a comment so I remember to check this out

RadicalEd
March 28th 2016


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Super solid album.

RadicalEd
April 2nd 2016


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The Ocean" omg.

zakalwe
April 2nd 2018


30865 Comments


Bought Trueloves Gutter when it came out and enjoyed it. Absolutely loved Standing at Skys Edge but it’s been put aside. Haven’t listened to his latest and never got the hype with this one or Lady’s Bridge. Its always been a bit too much of a testimonial to the old crooners to take seriously but I’ve revisited it and been blown away.
Album is absolute class. Time to put on the ‘ol 👓

theBoneyKing
April 2nd 2018


18835 Comments


I need to check this dude out.

NorthernSkylark
April 2nd 2018


10097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

need to check this damn it. adored trueloves gutter

Digging: Moon Panda - Pastel Pool

zakalwe
April 2nd 2018


30865 Comments


I think all the lambchop might’ve softened me up and made me take this seriously. This album is outstanding Boney son.

zakalwe
April 2nd 2018


30865 Comments


Woah. Hello lark man.

NorthernSkylark
April 2nd 2018


10097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

apparently i had, ha. hello there zak.

theBoneyKing
April 2nd 2018


18835 Comments


Lambchop’ll do that to ya

zakalwe
March 25th 2019


30865 Comments


This really is lovely.

NorthernSkylark
March 25th 2019


10097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there's a new album out in june

zakalwe
March 25th 2019


30865 Comments


New tune melts face.



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