By Richard Hawley
Were I an even more cynical individual than I already am, I'd say that the fact that this new countrified release from oft-overlooked former Longpigs guitarist Richard Hawley has been released very close to that Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line" coming out at the flicks reeks of more than coincidence. But hell, even if it is shameless marketing, you can't really begrudge Mr Hawley for trying to get his often breathtaking music noticed by a wider public. Because, quite frankly, he deserves a bit more attention than he's getting. "Just Like The Rain" is an absolutely lovely song, pitched somewhere between the Man In Black's "Ring Of Fire" and Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'" and in a just world would be taking the charts by storm as I write this. Buy yerself a copy and give it a spin when that Sunday morning hangover kicks in - I guarantee it'll make you feel better.