I had heard that Richard Hawley's new album was going to be much different from what fans were used to, but none of that talk prepared me for the bracing change of pace heard here. The music on Standing At Sky's Edge is mostly quite unrecognizable as his work, Seek It and Don't Stare at the Sun being the chief exceptions. Instead of the usual collection of romantic ballads and mellow sounds, Hawley has offered his fans a collection of mostly hard-edged and often almost psychedelic tunes.
I like the new sound. The album opens with a powerful She Brings the Sunlight which sets the mood. That is followed by the fine and dark title cut which is highly suggestive of Jim Morrison. Down in the Woods is another standout cut imbued with the spirit of Hawley's new direction. Then there are the eerie strains of A Wood Collier's Grave which starts out slow and builds into the thundering cacophony of Leave Your Body Behind You.
It's nice to hear a talent like Hawley step far out of what seems to be his comfort zone and issue an album like this. My copy of this is an actual CD bought just months ago(rather than MP3 downloads), but which seems to have disappeared from the market. If you can get the CD, it is accompanied by a booklet that is attractive but which contains little information. If you can't get the CD, then I recommend getting hold of this fine release anyway you can. You won't be sorry!