Cole's Corner

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Sep 6, 2005
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic 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. Cole's Corner is glorious, magical, and utterly lovely in its vision, articulation, and execution.
  3. 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.
  4. Coles Corner is unapologetically retro to the max but it works.
  5. Mojo
    80
    A glorious melange of love, loss, regret, homesickness and romance. [Sep 2005, p.86]
  6. An album of gorgeous, lush songs.
  7. It's achingly beautiful, disarmingly intimate, simply the best-kept secret in popular music today.
  8. Q Magazine
    80
    Work every bit as lush as that which recently propelled Rufus Wainwright to stardom. [Sep 2005, p.119]
  9. If there is a difference it's in the richness of the emotions and textures.
  10. Uncut
    80
    Hawley resurrects ghosts of music past and breathes new, poignant life into their forms. [Oct 2005, p.110]
  11. 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.
  12. Paste Magazine
    80
    Hawley's empathic delivery reveals the indelible stamp these relationships leave on his protagonists' hearts. [Dec 2005, p.126]
  13. 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.
  14. Under The Radar
    70
    Stylistically patchy but a sincere and winning catalog of his songwriting and vocal repertoire. [#10, p.106]
  15. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    His best yet. [3 Sep 2005, p.74]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. MattJ
    Oct 15, 2006
    10
    A classic
  2. JohanL
    Jun 3, 2006
    10
    Fantastic!
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    8
    Coles Corner is at times fabulously and masterfully beautiful in its lush, melancholic balladry of love. Hawley has conjured music warming yetColes Corner is at times fabulously and masterfully beautiful in its lush, melancholic balladry of love. Hawley has conjured music warming yet saddening, both blissful and also tearful, and enough altogether to prove what a unique and knowledgeable artist he is in music. Full Review »