RICHARD HAWLEY: Lady’s Bridge (Mute Records)

Slumped in a velvet armchair on the sleeve, wearing a shiny silver suit and a dazed expression, Richard Hawley looks far older than his actual 40 years.

25th August, 2007

Slumped in a velvet armchair on the sleeve, wearing a shiny silver suit and a dazed expression, Richard Hawley looks far older than his actual 40 years.

The music on his fourth album is similarly weathered, as if preserved in amber. Sheffield native Hawley made his name a decade ago with Britpop outfit the Longpigs, but his solo stuff is far more substantial in tone.

Lady’s Bridge is a good if slightly overblown example of what...

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