- Personnel: Richard Hawley (vocals, guitar); Shez Sheridan (guitar, background vocals); Martin Simpson (guitar); Jon Trier (piano, keyboards); Colin Elliot (electric bass, percussion, background vocals); Dean Beresford (drums); Sally Doherty, Louise Thompson, Simon Robinson (background vocals).
- Audio Mixer: Alan Moulder.
- Creator: Felix Rashman.
- Photographer: Richard Tailby.
- Despite issuing two records steeped in orchestral pop, songwriter and guitar slinger Richard Hawley never got rock & roll out of his system. Perhaps because of his participation in Pulp's reunion shows, or his Arctic Monkeys collaboration, Hawley -- who switched from Mute to Parlophone -- decided on a back-to-rock & roll approach for the highly textured, psych-drenched Standing at the Sky's Edge. The album features nine cuts fueled by two very aggressive guitars, bass, drums, and "rocket sounds" much of it recorded live in the studio.
Q (Magazine) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Hawley wields his guitar with fresh zeal, unfurling long, turbulent solos while his chocolatey baritone is less Roy Orbison, more Mark Lanegan."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "His craftsman's melodiousness and honest voice add balm and balance. 'Seek It' is a lilting and persuasive ode to romantic attachment..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.75) - "The opener, 'She Brings The Sunlight', kicks the doors off with a wail of noisy, electric guitars, while the title track is a layered guitar landscape..."