Setanta - 2003 - 40 minutes

Richard Hawley's first album 'Late Night Final' was one of the finds of 2001. Former Longpig guitarist and now Pulp band member, Hawley stepped out from the shadows and revealed himself to be a self-assured crooner with a warm baritone voice and a great way with words.

With 'Lowedges', he consolidates his position as Sheffield's foremost proponent of melancholy romanticism. Named after an area on that city's outskirts, it's another helping of Hawley's old fashioned take on northern soul, complete with a lovesong to his beloved Triumph Trophy ('The Motorcycle Song'). But his American influences are never too far away, whether it's the Fred Neil-influenced 'The Only Road' or the lonesome twang of Hawaiian lap steel.

Although not hugely different from Hawley's first two releases, 'Lowedges' is nevertheless a classy addition to his musical cv - and to anyone's record collection.

Caroline Hennessy

Tracklisting: Run For Me - Darlin' - Oh My Love - The Only Road - On The Ledge - You Don't Miss Your Water (Till Your River Runs Dry) - The Motorcycle Song - It's Over Love - I'm On Nights - Danny - The Nights Are Made For Us