In the Post #18: Richard Hawley – For Your Lover Give Some Time

By on Monday, 17th August 2009 at 12:00 pm

Richard-Hawley-coverRichard Hawley is arguably Sheffield’s finest guitar-toting bandolero. If you haven’t followed his career since he was in the Long Pigs or collaborating with close mate Jarvis Cocker, he has released 5 solo albums since 2001, using his amazing songwriting talents to record songs sure to be timeless classics. He got my attention via 2005’s ‘Coles Corner’ and 2007’s ‘Lady’s Bridge’, both of which are sentimentally tied to Hawley’s affection for his hometown. They brought me back to a simpler era of songwriting when the focus was on a man and his guitar, where there was no electronic wizardry for a songwriter to fall back on. Hawley’s quiff even recalls back the days of Brylcreem adverts, Cliff Richard, and Elvis Presley. In his leather jacket, he epitomizes the word ‘hip’. And he is back this fall with a new album-length offering.

Hawley previously brought me to tears with ‘Valentine’, so it should come as no surprise that he has done it again, making me turn on the waterworks with his latest single, ‘For Your Lover Give Some Time’, now available digitally from iTunes. It’s the first single from his sixth album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ (to be released on 21 September in the UK). The track has very un-rock ‘n’ roll cello and violin background instrumentation and is as tender as rose petals falling softly to the ground. It sure sounds different than everything else out there right now and I encourage you to give it a listen, especially if you’ve never heard any of Hawley’s solo stuff before. It just might make you a believer too.

‘Truelove’s Gutter’ will be released in the UK on Mute Records on 21 September in the UK.

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