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Richard Hawley


Eighth album of alternative indie pop from the Sheffield-born guitarist and vocalist

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  1. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s another wonderful, life-affirming offering
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    Yorkshire troubadour adds steel to his barroom balladeering. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    In trying to make an album that pointed to where he wants to go as an artist, Hawley has taken the best parts of his past and uploaded them onto one sublime record. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Hasn't strayed too far from a successful formula. What he does introduce is a deliberate sens e of brevity, keeping songs tight and focused. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    His gifts are to create narratives without being hokey about it; to draw upon the history of songcraft without falling into pastiche. Further may not take Hawley anywhere new, but it succeeds in drawing you back into his world
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    In the album’s 40 minutes, there is scarcely any flab. Twenty years into his solo career, Hawley certainly isn’t tearing up the blueprint, but within the boundaries of his domain, nobody does it better
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  7. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    This is a beautifully crafted album of jagged rock n roll meeting mellow and reflective on the same street. This is ultimately a contemplative album with life-affirming notes
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The songs effortlessly speak to all classes, to all walks of life, from a songwriter who never sings down to his audience. As always, Richard Hawley is one of us
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    His best yet? Perhaps. For the first time ever, the Sheffield hero has chosen not to name the record after a local landmark close to his heart – the irony being, he's never sounded more at home
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  10. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    As Hawley nudges into his early 50s, his voice is as good ever, even if every single song doesn’t hit the sweet spot
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  11. 6.0 |   The FT

    The best songs are the gentlest ones, like “Emilina Says”, while noisier efforts such as “Off My Mind” sound generic
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  12. 6.0 |   The Observer

    If there are no huge surprises here, Further offers a punchy synthesis of country croon, psych-rock riffs and snappy songwriting that proves South Yorkshire’s stoic son has plenty of miles left to run
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  13. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A masterclass in good taste which avoids the middle of the road
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