Cole's Corner - Richard Hawley
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Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

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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: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. keiths
    Sep 16, 2005
    10
    Sumptuously melancholy, eerily channeling Scott Walker through an early evening haze. A detached observance of details, settings and possibilities ignored by a populace obsessed with places to be and people to see. The songs just melt, coating the listener with Hawley's aimless world of fading hope. The romantic possibilities of transcendent music and compelling companionship are just out of reach. Expand
  2. MattJ
    Oct 15, 2006
    10
    A classic
  3. simonp
    Sep 28, 2005
    10
    Listening to this album for the first time was like falling in love- beautiful, relaxing, dreamy pleasure.
  4. RodT
    Feb 3, 2006
    10
    Gorgeous. Totally envelopes you with almost effortless charm. Strings are perfect, his voice is unbelievably good, and the songs are surprisingly touching. A huge talent. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2011
    10
    Six years on... I will never get tired of listening to this album. Beautifully crafted, wonderfully performed and the production is incredible. Stunning. Collapse
  6. Apr 24, 2012
    9
    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
  7. Ted
    Oct 19, 2005
    1
    boring, lifeless and dull.

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