King Richard

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

SH­EFFIELD, the steel city, punches its weight when it comes to pro­duc­ing rock stars hav­ing con­trib­uted some or all of the mem­bers of a vast ar­ray of bands from met­allers Iron Maiden and Def Lep­pard through to in­no­va­tive pop­sters The Hu­man League and ABC to the Britrock su­per­group of Pulp and Arc­tic Mon­keys.

But one of its most ac­com­plished sons has re­ceived more in the way of crit­i­cal ac­claim than com­mer­cial suc­cess.

Richard Haw­ley, mem­o­rably de­scribed as the Roy Or­bi­son of The Don, has pro­duced a string of ex­cel­lent al­bums and has earned a rep­u­ta­tion as one of Bri­tain’s great­est singer-song­writ­ers.

His vo­cals are as deep and warm as a cas­tle fire­place i and his songs are epic and poign- ant.

On his new al­bum he has changed tack a lit­tle and on the open­ing track She Brings The Sun­light he seems to have lo­cated his in­ner rock god.

But that seems pos­i­tively re­strained com­pared to the stomp­ing Down In The Woods.

Through­out the al­bum is pep­pered with sear­ing psy­che­delic gui­tars and Haw­ley him­self ex­plains: “I wanted to get away from the or­ches­tra­tion of my pre­vi­ous records and make a live al­bum with two gui­tars, bass, drums and rocket noises!’’

There are still some clas­sic Haw­ley songs to bask in – the tough and ten­der love song Seek It and the won­der­ful tale of fam­ily life Don’t Stare At The Sun.

Ad­mir­ers of Haw­ley won’t be sur­prised to learn that once more he has con­jured up an­other won­der­ful al­bum.

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