Sheffielder Hawley is clearly done with reinvention, following 2012’s rocktastic Standing At The Sky’s Edge.
From side one, track one (Hawley is an artist who sounds like he should only release his music on vinyl), Hollow Meadows marks a return to the modern day crooning which characterised 2005’s Mercury Prize-nominated Coles Corner.
The great thing about Hawley, a married man with a ladies’ man reputation – he recently told 6Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs he’d play her an extra song if she went for a drink with him after the show – is how genuine and trustworthy he sounds.
That’s whether he’s delivering Sinatra-esque ballads, Nick Cave-like meditations on life, Arctic Monkeys-esque gentle rockers, and especially when it feels as if he’s whispering in your ear.
It all makes for another excellent, brilliantly executed album. Check it out.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh