To have rock success playing guitar with Indie legends the Longpigs and then Pulp seems a tad spoilt. To go on to be recognized as one of the country's finest solo artists is just plain greedy! Richard Hawley, the now legendary Sheffield singer/songwriter recorded his 3rd album "Coles Corner" in his home town's Yellow Arch studios (alongside producer Colin Elliott). With an obvious affection for the 1950's, his sound recalls Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash and Hawley possesses such a wonderfully gravelly tone one wonders if he chews grit for fun. As retro albums go "Coles Corner" is more bewitching and carefully orchestrated, with songs such as the 5 minute epic "The Ocean" contrasting emotive lyrics with subservient strings. However, a number of songs came to Richard so easily they were recorded in literally one take: "'Last Orders' was written in a cab on the way to the studio" he recalls "I had a minging hangover, but I had this melody in my head".