Truelove's Gutter

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. Apr 24, 2012
    8
    The follow up to his masterpiece "Coles Corner", True Loves Gutter is as dark and sad sounding as it's title would hint. Unlike the mostly short and to the point tracks on it's predecessor, the majority of the songs on here are quite long. There's not much to smile about - be warned, this isn't Monday morning music, but it is a beautiful record all the same. Fans of Hawley will appreciateThe follow up to his masterpiece "Coles Corner", True Loves Gutter is as dark and sad sounding as it's title would hint. Unlike the mostly short and to the point tracks on it's predecessor, the majority of the songs on here are quite long. There's not much to smile about - be warned, this isn't Monday morning music, but it is a beautiful record all the same. Fans of Hawley will appreciate it, newcomers might find Coles Corner an easier introduction. Collapse
  2. SigmarP
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    His best. His classic.
  3. DavisW.
    Oct 12, 2009
    9
    Absolutely stunning.
  4. CharoV
    Oct 8, 2009
    6
    Overkill on what is already well-travelled Hawley territory. There is nothing new here other than perhaps some seriously decent music to put the baby to sleep by. Has it's moments of lush beauty but just doesn't live up to previous works.
  5. StephenU.
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    In this immediate gratification world, for music this aesthetically pleasing, give some time.
  6. leop.
    Oct 3, 2009
    9
    Deeply moving, especially the music. Another beautiful collection of songs from a unique singer songwriter.
  7. HomerSimpson
    Oct 1, 2009
    10
    Exquisite.
  8. PeterS.
    Sep 29, 2009
    8
    He's perfected a mood here and sustained it throughout the entire album-- there is no escaping this drawing-room mystery. Perfect for the autumnal intellectual.
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. It is quietly passionate, graceful, elegant, utterly moving, and unequivocally beautiful in its honesty and sophistication. He's realized an ambition here that is artful and singular.
  2. Truelove's Gutter is yet another showcase for Hawley's subtle genius. Every sound on the album, from the notes to the vocals, is warming and rich with sensations.
  3. Sixth album Truelove's Gutter is his best, thanks to easing back on the twanging guitar and ads for his native Sheffield in favour of more universally minded tunes, the finest of which, the 10-minute Remorse Code, edges into ambient territory.