Hayley Hutchinson - Love Songs For The Enemy
Reviewed by Steve Rudd
When she's not playing in The Sorry Kisses, York's Hayley is making sweet music of her
own, and this - her second album - will bring fans up to speed with the fruits of her
latest spell of songwriting.
A glorious ten-track affair, Love Songs For The Enemy is a sublime record in every
respect, opening tune All I Have incorporating banjo and harmonica behind a
slow-but-steady beat and lush acoustic strumming, allowing Hayley's stunning
voice to bring her lovelorn lyrics to life.
Photo by Roberta Rayner
Only Your Words goes on to prove that she hits high notes that other singers simply
cannot reach, before Be Alright cunningly picks up the pace.
Some Days boasts some poetically intriguing lyrics as she sounds to have a subtle
stab at celebrity culture in her own inimitable style. 'The TV wears me out,
watching puppets on a string,' she swoons, lambasting 'becoming a star at any cost.'
Her harmonious backing vocals add an enchanting depth to the track, too, while
Anna Karina presents one of Hayley's most haunting vocal performances so far laid down on record.
'You sent me no roses, you just sent the thorns,' she laments, the purity of her voice and
strength of her spirit destined to crush the hearts of all those who hear it.
This album might have seemed a long while in coming for fans fond of her debut release,
Independently Blue, but Hayley's certainly invested her time and effort well, especially
when the meditative Store Fourteen evokes the beautiful nature of Ryan Adams' music on his
Cold Roses LP, with a lovely piano melody complimenting her guitar playing.
Somewhere In Between, meanwhile, is even more bewitching, employing a brilliant banjo lick
to take it to the bridge.
Photo by Mark Cunnington
Photo by Martin Cohen
Similarly, Leave It Alone, Love Song For The Enemy and Scene of The Crime soothe the senses
by being so intimate, organic and life-affirming, the appropriately subdued melodies creeping
upon one's ears with stealth, rewarding the listener in due course.
All cuts considered, Love Songs For The Enemy will make Hayley Hutchinson new allies aplenty.
Album Reviews - Single Reviews - One Small Step by Satellite State Reviewed by Steve Rudd
Zipping out of Guildford with their hearts on their sleeves and a bounce in their
step, this quintet deserves to hit the big-time on the strength of this three-track single.
One Small Step is moodily melodic from the off, an epic indie-pop-rock anthem
for the masses. The good news is that Satellite State already have fans in the
form of Steve LamacqRead more...
Album Reviews - Edwina Hayes - Pour Me a Drink By Steve Rudd
A marked departure from her debut album, Edwina's follow-up to Out On My Own sees
her presenting a far more intimate collection of songs.
For the most part it's just her and her acoustic guitar.
Save for appearances from Carissa Broadwater and guitarist Jake McKeague, guest
musicians this time around are few and far between, yet Pour Me A DrinkRead more...
Album Reviews - Buck 69 - When She Whispers Your Name By Peter Blewzzman Lauro
The biography of Buck 69 states that the band is influenced by more than three generations of music. This father and son blues rock band claim to be made up of three members over the age of 45 and five members under the age of 30. And when I looked at the picture, with absolutely no further help, I was able to figure out who the three were and who the five
Album Reviews - JoKeRz - 3 of a Kind By Rebecca Hilton
I went to the Sesh at Linnet and Lark just before Xmas to check out a local band that has been creating a lot of buzz lately around Hull and Myspace, the band being JoKeRz. I hadn't seen them before, only heard snippets of their pop/rock on myspace - being impressed with the songs, I decided to check them out - I don't think I was ready
Album Reviews - James Blunt - All the Lost Souls By Becky Field
One of the most amazing men in music has released his new album, All the Lost Souls.
James Blunt has yet again set his goal posts at a very high standard with a completely
remarkable album to follow his first album, Back to Bedlam. His first album had a
massive hit of over 12 million sales. Like all popular albums Back to Bedlam did
feature an all time single You're Beautiful which
Album Reviews - The Pockets Silver Tray Sessions By Michelle Dee
Today I have been blessed with singular psychedelic sounds emanating from Coventry way.
The four piece band made up of Daz Ferris on lead vocals and percussion,
Andy Ferris on lead guitar Sully on bass and backing vocals and Kirk Savage on drums.
This is just a demo right now taken from the Silver Tray sessions so look out
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - Turkey in the Straw by Glenn Williams and the Ullbillies (Lazyswede Productions) By Jim Soars
A pleasant collection of both original and traditional country/folk songs,
brought to us from the wilds of downtown HullGlenn Williams is one of the few British artistes that can revive classic
country and folk songs and give them a facelift without compromising the
music's heritage, and this is shown perfectly on his interpretation of
classic songs such as Turkey In The StrawRead more...
Album Reviews - The Jim Muir Slideshow - ...And With the Fading of the Light' (A Tomorrows World Industry) By Nick Quantrill
Some things are worth waiting for, and for those paying attention it has
been a lengthy wait for this album. Having quietly released a string of
critically acclaimed EPs, the Jim Muir Slideshow disappeared from public view.
Compiling these releases, and aided by some freshening up, the EPs are
transformed into a debut full-length release
Album Reviews - Turkey In The Straw By Glenn Williams And The Ullbillies Reviewed By Pete Smith (The Advertiser UK)
Maintaining the theme of real country and innovation we move back across the
Atlantic to the port of Hull where resides one Glenn Williams the captain of
a motley crew called the Ullbillies. Glenn, it appears, is a performer
after my own heart. His passion is to revive classic country and to give
it a facelift without compromising the
Album Reviews - White Chalk by PJ Harvey Reviewed By Perry Farrell
Let's be honest - there are certain kinds of music and certain artists that the happy-clappy
masses are never really going to get and, apart from her odd forays into the charts with
one or two of her more accessible songs over the years, Polly Jean Harvey falls into this category.
Moreover, it's probably fair to say that many of her fans have a greater-than-average
Album Reviews - Screaming Tarts 4 (17 track compilation) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
The Screaming Tarts website has gone from strength to strength over the past few years.
There's little wonder either, especially when a whole host of exclusive interviews,
reviews and blogs are forever being published on there.
To be fair, a once-a-week whirlwind tour around the site often makes for far more
entertaining reading than the NME.
Album Reviews - Hodmeister - The Total Fabrication Of The Personification In The Nuance Of the Art Form (4 Track EP) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Now here's a Yorkshire-based talent to get genuinely excited about. Chris Hoddinott has been involved in the fine art of music-making for some years now, having shown off his guitar-playing prowess as a member of Beverley band
Since the band dissolved, Chris has moved up to Scarborough, where he's now producing a totally different style of music
Album Reviews 3-D - Future Primitive Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This extraordinary album release has been a profound family affair from start to finish, with former Spiders From Mars drummer
Woody Woodmansey working with his two sons Nick and Danny to produce this amazing
album that's full of exhilarating instrumentals, with a multitude of killer drum beats at their heart.
It's a bold premise that has been executed
Album Reviews - Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers Reviewed By Richard Stephenson
There comes a time in the career of many bands when a dilemma occurs ... how to build on past glories.
There may have been a genre defining album, or a style of music and clothing that set the stratosphere ablaze.
But once a reputation has been established and career defined, where next?
In their 17 year career, the Manics have been the kings of such reinventions.
Album Reviews - The Me Band Debut Album By Gavin Hopper
Do you remember a time before high school?
Before getting drunk at college and getting off with the ugly one?
A time before a mortgage and 2.4 children and a very angry bank manager whose
minions would phone you everyday making those debt free adverts on television
seem more and more appealing? Perhaps a time before trouble?
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - Painted Sambas 3 Track Demo By Michael Smith Age 15
The Painted Sambas are fairly new band who have only just recorded this 3 track demo.
Track 1 appears to lack that presence a band should have, in my eyes.
This band provides a Pop Indie sound with Folkish vocals which sadly don't work in my eyes.
Track 2 however has a better vibe
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - Unless - Drowning 2 Track Demo By Michael Smith Age 15
Unless are a good band and time-served in the music scene of Grimsby with an Indie, Alternative feel.
This new demo seems to be dominated by a Techno and dance vibe.
This Drowning Demo is a good attempt on going in a new direction with the
Indie and Techno - a combination that people obviously like, otherwise they would not
have such high myspace stats!
Album Reviews - Sworn Amongst - Audio Aggression 2007
This young British band execute strongly on their new three-track EP, which is indeed neck-breaking from start to finish.
It's is a much heavier effort this time around, and the new line-up show that they can really pack a wallop, with added ferocity!
Fans of Slayer/Machine Head/Pantera will surely be worshipping this band in time to come.
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - The North Pole - The Grip b/w How Can I Explain By Nicholas Boldock
Let me relate to you a few irrefutable facts. You, like 99% of the population of the world, have never heard of The North Pole. You don't own any of their CDs. You have never seen them live. You don't know what they sound like. You don't know their names. You've never met them - or rather, if you have, you didn't realise who they were.
You don't know whether you like