11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slowly but steadily, Richard Hawley has been making his presence known beyond a circle of musicians who know just how good this onetime session guitarist is on his own. Names like Lee Hazlewood, Jim Reeves, Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Nick Drake, and even Edwyn Collins have been dropped by people trying to describe the darkly romantic, gently literate tunes that Hawley has mastered. Lowedges, his third solo album, follows through on a variety of approaches to the same destination. "Run for Me" kicks in with a stronger rhythm section than usual, while "Darlin'" dials back the reverb and lets his voice, stately guitars, and strings fill the room. "The Only Road" adds a sense of desolation with its sweeping, sliding guitars and carefully calibrated doubled male-female vocal approach. "You Don't Miss Your Water" is Hawley's reworking of the William Bell Stax soul tune, with Hawley sounding like a debonair young gent whose sense of style won't leave him lonesome for long. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slowly but steadily, Richard Hawley has been making his presence known beyond a circle of musicians who know just how good this onetime session guitarist is on his own. Names like Lee Hazlewood, Jim Reeves, Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Nick Drake, and even Edwyn Collins have been dropped by people trying to describe the darkly romantic, gently literate tunes that Hawley has mastered. Lowedges, his third solo album, follows through on a variety of approaches to the same destination. "Run for Me" kicks in with a stronger rhythm section than usual, while "Darlin'" dials back the reverb and lets his voice, stately guitars, and strings fill the room. "The Only Road" adds a sense of desolation with its sweeping, sliding guitars and carefully calibrated doubled male-female vocal approach. "You Don't Miss Your Water" is Hawley's reworking of the William Bell Stax soul tune, with Hawley sounding like a debonair young gent whose sense of style won't leave him lonesome for long. 

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

zlg001 ,

A Gem - matches Hawley's later triumphs

I discovered Richard Hawley several months ago and quickly worked my way backwards from "Lady's Bridge" to "Cole's Corner" to this incredible album, "Lowedges". From the first tune "Run for Me" to "The Only Road", every song is solid, most are stunning. He produces an effortless sound, but it's simplicity is profound and serves to draw the listener in very deeply.

Hawley is an amazing artist.

goodsongfan ,

Another awesome album

Richard is amazing. His music is great for driving in the rain, or at night. His music always takes you “there”.

Girlxmusic ,

Classic

I keep on returning to this record year after year for something deep and unique in music that is rarely heard from a male performer. Richard Hawley often coined as a "crooner" delivers something far better than a sad croon. This album pulls from the deep roots of rock, blues, and jazz. The classic You Don't Miss Your Water piece floors me every time. On The Ledge feels intensely personal and the minimal instrumentation put's Mr. Hawley's voice in the perfect place for honesty.
I have savored every recording by Richard Hawley and each one provides a true and real artistry. Start with this record and then buy each one after. You will continue to find a soundtrack to those dark places on a rainy night, somewhere alone, cigarette in hand, wondering where to go next. Perfect.

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