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Adam Hattaway and The Haunters - Album Review: Crying Lessons

17 Sep 2019 // A review by Jacquie Walters

Crying Lessons is a ripper of a second album from Adam Hattaway and the Haunters. Full of sass, soul, and purr it veers from 1960's Ray Columbus and the Invaders territory in Until The Right Time to my hands-down favourite the rollicking Rolling Stones-esque good time that is Heartbreak Heart.


The latter is the album’s final track and features the strut and pout of Adam Hattaway in young Mick Jagger mode, accompanied by a heartily-struck cow bell and a warning to not go hanging out in Lyttelton unless you want to end up in big trouble.

Produced by Lyttelton-based noteworthy Delaney Davidson Crying Lessons is gritty and crowd pleasing all at the same time. The opening track I’m Your Man, for example, is a true toe-tapping opener and had me singing along immediately.

The guitar sounds like a growling tiger pacing in a cage and the production is old school in the best sense of the phrase, in that it’s reminiscent of a more understated and honest era. It is anything but old fashioned, however.

The production team has done a brilliant job of delivering a murky sensibility with real sonic clarity. It’s utterly delightful to listen to throughout.

The lyrics themselves are a satisfying mix of the youthfully banal “you always leave the KFC paper in my car” to the profound “it ain’t easy living, but it sure is good to be alive”.

Hattaway’s vocals are uniformly fantastic and this album is definitely a platform for him as frontman. Confident at all times, he takes risks with growls and falsetto, packing plenty of punch with his delivery.

It’s easy to see why the group are so popular as a live act and this album is sure to delight existing fans and new listeners.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

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