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  • Summary: The man behind the UK hit ‘Is This The Way To Amarillo’ is back with his latest album which features songs written by Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
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  1. 80
    It's a perfect match with producer Richard Hawley, who here channels his love of epic reverb pop to more interesting ends than on his solo albums. [Dex 2008, p.86]
  2. ‘Amarillo’ Man records Richard Hawley-produced album of songs from Sheffield.
  3. Made In Sheffield is a surprising record, lovingly conceived and beautifully executed.
  4. Hawley's own sentimental nostalgia is perfectly tailored to Christie's velveteen croon - perhaps too perfectly, because the deep-pile strings and lapsteel reduce too many songs to high-class mood music.
  5. This is a quiet, dignified record which, while maybe not being the most exciting album you'll hear all year, would make a cracking Christmas present for the more mature relative in your life.
  6. The new arrangements don't add lustre to every track; Hawley's own 'Coles Corner' was so expertly crooned the first time that it feels unnecessary here. But more incongruous reworkings, including a version of the Human League's 'Louise', fare better and Christie's voice is engaging throughout.
  7. Anyone unfamiliar with Sheffield's rich musical heritage could be left thinking the city's main legacy was maudlin ballads for the Saga set. [Dec 2008, p.128]

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  1. LisaT
    Dec 14, 2008
    10
    Proof that the cream will always rise to the top. A beautifully crafted album, honest to the core and a master class in how to squeeze every Proof that the cream will always rise to the top. A beautifully crafted album, honest to the core and a master class in how to squeeze every ounce of emotion into a song. A 'Classic Album' that will please generations of music lovers. Expand
  2. scotts
    Dec 2, 2008
    9
    Excellent album...lots of depth here.