Hawley, who shot to fame with crooning ballads featuring Sheffield, interspersed with bouts of rockiness, has merged the two styles for this pretty-good album. He’s still got a voice laced with honey but there’s more guitar and a definite stomp on this new one, especially opener, Off My Mind, which opens with scuzz and settles down to a nice psychedelic rocker (any of these tracks could be from a lost gem from 1967).
Elsewhere, Galley Girl is predictable but rolls along nicely; Is There a Pill? sounds a bit Manic Street Preachers. Possibly will mainly be bought by existing fans, but it’s a nice album; if you like the idea of Hawley but find the crooning too much, give it a go. No mention of Sheffield either.
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