This record was released on June 2 of this year, and I got it at Sonic Boom (for $7.99, used) during our trip of June 11/12… so yep, some doofus bought it new and then ditched it fast enough for me to get a copy less than two weeks later! Score for me!
Hawksley Workman – Old Cheetah
I’ve been a Hawksley fan for years and years (thanks to James for introducing me). I always liked how busy, intriguing and beautiful his songs and arrangements are, bar none. The man is a national treasure and we should all be thankful he’s making records for us, damn it.
And I won’t deny, we’ve been through a lot, listening to what Hawksley and his wild and fearless creativity has released as the years passed. He’s dabbled in a lot! And now, with Old Cheetah?
This plays like two records in one, to me. It could even be a shifting of gears mid-album. Let me explain…
His two previous albums, Meat and Milk, were far more electronic and pop-oriented. And the first 5 tracks here are a continuation, of sorts. They sound like Hawksley discovered some old Depeche Mode records… But then there’s a shift in gears towards the Hawksley of old we know so well.
From track 6 onward it’s super-cool rock pop blues swing stompers and general slinky gorgeousness (and an acoustic tune too!). This man is so tuneful, so in touch with his urge to create and so talented at realizing it, by now, that tracks like these really are something special. It’s a wonder he didn’t call this record Carnival.
Well, and then there’s the last track, A Special Pride… Dude. Seriously. WTF that was weird! Haha awesome.
Ah, Hawksley. He’s everywhere, everything, and always vastly interesting. I used the word fearless once in this blurb already, but I’ll use it again – he really is fearless, trying everything and crafting albums like this. Now, I’m going to need lots more listens before I have this one in my blood as much I do (most of) his other stuff, but on these few listens I have to say I’m digging most of it and I may skip a few songs off the top of the record for a while. Give me time with those synth tracks, though, I may come around.