RICHARD HAWLEY – Serious (2x CD Singles)

Mute CDMUTE385/LCDMUTE385: 15th October 2007
1. Serious
“There’s a kindness in her eyes, there’s no darkness and disguise”
2. Poor Boy
“Ain’t got a crust, ain’t got a cent, can’t buy a jug, cant pay the rent, I got a heart full of dreams and a lot of memories, and that’s enough for me”
3. Water Boy
“Water boy, water boy, can’t you hear me calling, you’ve been down by the river, can’t you hear me calling”
4. Let It Come Slowly Towards You

I’ve been a little disappointed with Richard Hawley’s new album because the production is often overblown and syrupy (Something he’s come dangerously close to in the past). Thankfully ‘Serious’ is a relatively minimal recording with an echoey Rock-a-billy sound enhancing a simple, catchy tune. ‘Poor Boy’ is a cover on an Elvis Presley song which sounds hideously cheesy, complete with fiddles and spoons (If Richard is taking the piss, then it’s quite funny). Traditional folk song ‘Water Boy’ is the polar opposite, like a slow funeral march, it’s sumptuously melancholy and totally intoxicating. Last up is a tranquil desert-island-castaway instrumental called ‘Let It Come Slowly Towards You’ (Almost a companion song to another B-side called ‘Kelham Island’).

Click here to buy Richard Hawley albums from HMV.

Richard Hawley – Kelham Island mp3 (Old jaw-dropping B-side)
Richard Hawley – Vickers Road mp3 (New jaw-dropping B-side)

Click here to watch the side-splitting video for ‘Serious’ on YouTube.

Richard Hawley Website / Richard Hawley MySpace

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