Label: Parlophone UK
Richard Hawley is a romantic born in the wrong era. The former Longpigs and Pulp guitarist's love of lush musical arrangements -- composed of reverberating hollow-body guitars, tremolo vocals and occasional orchestral strings -- is torn straight from Roy Orbison's book. Among the weepiest of ballads on Lady's Bridge is "Valentine," a sweeping, cathartic number about nostalgia for love lost. "Dark Road," with Hawley's baritone wail, pours straight from a broken heart, yet still manages a swagger.