Hawksley Workman

Between the Beautifuls


Hawksley Workman
Between the Beautifuls
(Universal)
Evolution is crucial to an artist, but Workman’s taken it too far. Unlike the provocative poetics of For Him and the Girls and (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves, he’s crafted a heavily radio-friendly marriage between the whiskey-soaked Lover/Fighter (2003) and the acoustic striptease of Treeful of Starling (2006). Between the Beautifuls teeters on trite with tracks “Piano Blink” and “All the Trees Are Hers.” The saving graces of this self-conscious and over-produced release are the cabaret colloquialisms of “The City Is A Drag” and confessional gospel groove on “What Would You Say To Me Lord?”
Shannon Webb-Campbell

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