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Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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  1. Aug 29, 2012
    Hawley cranks it up on this one, layering lots and accentuating guitars. The writing is strong and Hawley's deep tenor suits the electric backdrop surprisingly well. The album is very cohesive as well, making for an enjoyable front to back experience.
  2. Mar 1, 2013
    After a series of truly beautiful albums, RH returns here having taken a sharp turn in direction with probably his most psychedelic record. It's got what sounds like layers of dark, swirling guitars. The music is distorted but the unmistakable voice is still there above it all. For the most part, the songs are quite strong but for me, there are noticably fewer moments of genius that were to be found at his previous efforts. Still pretty good though. Collapse
  3. May 16, 2012
    In short it's Richard goes psychedelic. not a bad listen but i can't help find it a little boring. His poorest effort in a while. I'm disappointed. Hopefully he can come good with the next album.
  4. Nov 2, 2012
    This one took a few listens to connect, but now that it has, I can say it's another strong Hawley effort. He just doesn't make bad albums. Criminally underrated songwriter here in the States. Drenched in reverb and sprawling guitar, it's a departure from most of his solo stuff, but I think it's a welcome change. Good to see him back exploring his range as a musician and writer.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Oct 1, 2012
    It's difficult to accept him as an angry rocker. He's so great as a lovelorn crooner - heard here on "Seek It," one of the album's few moments of tenderness - that it's hard not to be nostalgic for the old Hawley. [No.91, p.55]
  2. Sep 5, 2012
    Standing at the Sky's Edge is Hawley's first major misstep.
  3. 100
    This may be the most uncharacteristic of his albums, but by venturing outside his comfort zone, Hawley has in turn made his best.