I've always wondered why musician Richard Hawley isn't bigger than he is. Perhaps he's not a man of these times. Perhaps he would be better served crooning on a 1960's variety show with Scotch in hand. Regardless, Richard Hawley deserves more accolades than he gets.
A fleeting member of the now-defunct British band Pulp, Hawley is certainly overshadowed by Pulp's ever-popular frontman, Jarvis Cocker. As far as talent goes, however, I would put my money on Hawley any day.
His album Cole's Corner was nominated for Britain's Mercury Prize in 2006. The Mercury Prize that year was eventually awarded to The Arctic Monkeys whose lead singer, Alex Turner, exclaimed "Someone call 999, Richard Hawley's been robbed!"
Hawley's latest album Truelove's Gutter which was released last week is, in my opinion, one of the better releases of the year.