Listening to an entire Richard Hawley album can be emotionally draining. I have never been able to, though I have tried for years. It's like watching a 40 minute loop of Rick telling Ilsa to get on the plane in "Casablanca." It's big, sweeping and sad, but enough already. Get on the damn plane!
Yet, I love every single song I have ever heard by Richard Hawley. They are musical vitamins. I must only take one a day. This track from "Truelove's Gutter" popped up the iPod as I was riding the subway last night during rush hour. I was completely transported to another place and time. When it was over, I felt dizzy and out of breath. Normally, when I hear a song that gets me, I want to hear more of the record it came from. When, "Open Up Your Door" finished, I knew I couldn't listen to more Richard Hawley for the rest of the evening. I had responsibilities.
I love everything about this record. It's like Phil Spector producing Scott Walker for the new James Bond theme.