Cole's Corner - Richard Hawley
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  • Summary: This is the fourth solo album for the sometime Pulp guitarist.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. This is a quietly pulsing release, alive with simple pleasures and celebrating events like hanging out and running into people you know.
  2. The propensities for treacle and brimstone are cut by the realism of his portraits and the certitude in his voice. A Nick Drake-like wonder here, it is sonorous, even-keeled and assured.
  3. Throughout, he manages to dip into old-school doo-wop sounds, grand orchestral ballads and Johnny Cash-inspired country anthems, not at the same time, but almost within their own little worlds.
  4. It's achingly beautiful, disarmingly intimate, simply the best-kept secret in popular music today.
  5. If there is a difference it's in the richness of the emotions and textures.
  6. If there's a snag it's not that the album exactly dips - it's just there's a lack of variation of pace, meaning it can be difficult to consume in its entirety at just one sitting. But, with a little patience, it comes alive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Oct 1, 2011
    Six years on... I will never get tired of listening to this album. Beautifully crafted, wonderfully performed and the production is incredible. Stunning. Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2012
    Magnificient record from the Sheffield songwriter and well worth of its Mercury Music Prize nomination. The songwriting is first class and throughout it just feels like a record from another time. Expand

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