mourning glories

RICHARD HAWLEY ‘Open Up Your Door’ (2009)

As a starting point goes for funereal farewells this is possibly not the most obvious seeing as how it has soundtracked commercial jollities such as advertorials for Renault Meganes and Haagen Das ice creameries. But then again, rating the bleedin’ obvious is not what is all about. From the ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ album, ‘Open Up Your Door’ works perfectly because it is epic, emotional, immaculately constructed and very, very classy. Plus, Hawley’s charms are sufficiently ambiguous for ‘Open Up Your Door’ to mean absolutely anything you wanted it to be.

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