Coles Corner is the fourth studio album from English pop/rock musician Richard Hawley, released on 5 September 2005 in the UK and on 6 September 2005 in the US. The title immortalises the legendary Sheffield landmark Coles Corner, a popular meeting place of old and new lovers. The album was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize for best album. Critics were almost unanimous in their praise for Coles Corner.
Coles Corner is Hawley's third full-length, and it finds him further refining his sound. His voice is richer and the arrangements have an extra smidge of polish. The songs are remarkably clear and direct, trading almost exclusively in familiar couplets that have become part of western pop currency. Hold back the night" is the first line of the opening title track, and the chorus begins "Going downtown where there's music/ Going where voices fill the ai. It's rarely difficult to pick out the next line. Hawley resides deep inside this material, writing songs with the melodic muscle to stand up next to standards. You can make a case against cultural recycling, but you can't argue away the emotional impact of the orchestral build on "The Ocean".
Coles Corner" lyrics. Richard Hawley Lyrics. Hold back the night from us, Cherish the light for us, Don't let the shadows hold back the dawn. Cold city lights glowing, The traffic of life is flowing, Out over the rivers and on into dark. I'm going down town where there's music, I'm going where voices fill the air, Maybe there's someone waiting for me With a smile and a flower in her hair
Richard Hawley – Coles Corner. Label: Gala Records (5) – 5099951364809. Producer, Mixed By – Colin Elliot (tracks: 1 to 8, 10), Richard Hawley. Viola – Naomi Koop, Simon Graham. Violin – Gaynor Sutcliffe, Lizz Lipscombe, Lizzie Ball, Susannah Simmons. Vocals, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Glockenspiel, Lyre, Omnichord, Vibraphone, Piano, Steel Drums, Dulcimer – Richard Hawley. Written-By – Richard Hawley (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 10). Notes. Recorded at Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield.
Hold back the night from us Cherish the light for us Don't let the shadows hold back the dawn. Cold city lights glowing The traffic of life is flowing Out over the rivers and on into dark. I'm going down town where there's music I'm going where voices fill the air Maybe there's someone waiting for me With a smile and a flower in her hair I'm going down town where there's people The loneliness hangs in the air With no-one there real waiting for me No smile, no flower nowhere.
Artist: Richard Hawley. Album: Coles Corner, 2005.
Richard Hawley's day job has been guitarist for Pulp, but the native of Sheffield, England, now spends his nights working on nocturnal solo albums that wrap themselves in dreams of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Scott Walker, and Lee Hazlewood. Hawley and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker contributed a track to a Hazlewood tribute album). With a baritone perpetually in anguish over broken love, dead love, bittersweet love (anything other than happy love), Hawley, like Chris Isaak, shifts to past decades without resorting to complete nostalgia . Coles Corner, he claims, is an actual corner in his hometown where, since 1905, people have come to have their social needs met. His note-taking pays off as he croons through the sensitive "Darlin' Wait for Me," the countrified "I Sleep Alone," and the near-art song of "The Ocean.