Hawksley Workman

Meat (Isadora)


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Frankly, we didn’t really think Hawksley Workman had it in him. For a while now, he’s been content as a solid but kind of dull singer/songwriter. Not the worst goal to have, and it’s served him well commercially, but the quirkiness that first garnered him acclaim was settling further and further back in the mix.

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On Meat, however, Workman has returned to being a bit of a weirdo, and this is good news. Sure, at times he sounds a bit too much like U2, but at least he sounds like good U2 songs. More successful are his nods to glam rock and psychedelic soul – think Ziggy-era Bowie jamming with Sly Stone. He’s also playing with some unexpected synth-pop sounds, which work much better in this context than it sounds on paper.

On that note, the prolific songwriter is also going to be slowly releasing an electro-pop album called Milk over the coming months. If the inspiration he’s showing here is any indication, we may be in for more unexpected treats.

Top track: Depress My Hangover Sunday

Hawksley Workman plays Massey Hall April 24.

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