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Dear

Keaton Henson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motive Sounds
  • ASIN: B0049BV3JI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. You Don't Know How Lucky You Are
3. Charon
4. Oliver Dalston Browning
5. Sarah Minor
6. Small Hands
7. Flesh and Bone
8. Nests
9. Not That You'd Even Notice
10. Party Song

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BBC Review

Most musicians are shameless show offs. What other kind of folk would be happy to bear their slipshod souls, open up about their obsessions and let the whole world know of their fondness for internal rhyming structures? Not to mention prancing about on stage in Topman’s finest and singing in public, in front of other human beings. Your average Joe or everyday Josephine would, quite rightly, find all of the above utterly terrifying. Which is why 23-year-old Keaton Henson is such a curious case.

Suffering from such awful stage fright that no proper gigs are happening anytime soon, Henson is unlikely to become the next Bono. And thank goodness for that. His 10-track debut album was recorded in his bedroom, which, we are told, is somewhere in the unglamorous outskirts of London, under Heathrow’s equally razzle-dazzle-free flight path.

A crafter of small music and slow sounds, his songs creep up on you – they don’t shout for your attention, but whisper for it. With his fireplace fingerpicking and fragile voice, at times you want to give him a great big hug and a mug of warm cocoa livened with a nip of confidence-boosting brandy. As an introduction to Keaton Henson, Dear… is the very definition of intimate.

His breakthrough track, You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are, takes the traditional singer-songwriter template, strips it back and layers the bearded Henson’s coy countertenor with an emotional gut-punch similar to that of Bon Iver’s first album, the break-up woodsman blues of For Emma, Forever Ago. Addressed to a former girlfriend, he finishes with the plaintive call of "does his love make your head spin," repeating it as guitar strings throb and Henson’s heart breaks all over again. It would almost be too much to bear, were it not for the soft melody dragging you deeper into his spellbinding sorrow.

Happily, Dear… isn’t all despair and despondency – though be warned, it mostly is. Sarah Minor is a gentle surmising of unreserved adoration despite a person’s faults. "And though your skin’s sheet white and your arms carry scars / Your hair isn’t clean much, your lungs black with tar," he lists, with a demonstrative tremble. Keaton Henson isn’t a show off, but with talent like this, he has every right to be.

--Leonie Cooper

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Review

One of the most special pieces of music I've heard in a very, very long time - Zane Lowe --BBC Radio 1

Keaton Henson's music will change your life if you let it. If only because you'll stop what you are doing for all of its 36 minutes and stare into space reflecting on all that you have done, and hopefully, find within yourself a way forward. Once you've let this record into your life you'll want to share the experience with anyone who'll listen, anyone who has enough emotional intelligence to reflect. So say hello to this year's Bon Iver word-of-mouth success story. I m not even going to mention that Keaton Henson is a great artist, I m not. I want you to find these things out yourself. I want you to be compelled to watch the videos of these songs online, to buy the record, to tell all your friends that this exists, to play it loud in the middle of the night instead of thinking in the darkness. Just know, when you are leaving the pub drunk, facing a lonely night bus ride home to your cold flat without your woman, Keaton Henson has got your back. --The 405

Henson's recordings are so intimate and his poetry so honest that his music proceeds straight to the heart. The 11 tracks - collectively a diary of tender, romantic musings and moments of grief- are built around fragile close-mic vibrato and for the most part embellished only with a tentatively strummed guitar. Nests is a brooding lullaby while Sarah Minor is a gently swaying love song, evocative of deserted beaches, cornfields, and lovers strolling hand in hand… Can the creatives behind those whimsical Vodafone ads please keep their hands off? For fans of Simon & Garfunkel, Jeff Buckley and Jose Gonzales. --Rocksound

Keaton Henson's music will change your life if you let it. If only because you'll stop what you are doing for all of its 36 minutes and stare into space reflecting on all that you have done, and hopefully, find within yourself a way forward. Once you've let this record into your life you'll want to share the experience with anyone who'll listen, anyone who has enough emotional intelligence to reflect. So say hello to this year's Bon Iver word-of-mouth success story. I m not even going to mention that Keaton Henson is a great artist, I m not. I want you to find these things out yourself. I want you to be compelled to watch the videos of these songs online, to buy the record, to tell all your friends that this exists, to play it loud in the middle of the night instead of thinking in the darkness. Just know, when you are leaving the pub drunk, facing a lonely night bus ride home to your cold flat without your woman, Keaton Henson has got your back. --The 405

Henson's recordings are so intimate and his poetry so honest that his music proceeds straight to the heart. The 11 tracks - collectively a diary of tender, romantic musings and moments of grief- are built around fragile close-mic vibrato and for the most part embellished only with a tentatively strummed guitar. Nests is a brooding lullaby while Sarah Minor is a gently swaying love song, evocative of deserted beaches, cornfields, and lovers strolling hand in hand… Can the creatives behind those whimsical Vodafone ads please keep their hands off? For fans of Simon & Garfunkel, Jeff Buckley and Jose Gonzales. --Rocksound

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated Talent 3 April 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There aren't many pieces of music which make me sit up and take notice these days. Not instantly. But the hairs on the back of my neck raised when I heard You Don't Know How Lucky You Are. Its the sound of one man making music with his guitar and laying his heart on the line. Intense is an understatement. It is reminiscent of Josh T Pearson's efforts last year (except I prefer this). Sure its not happy - even Party Song song is downbeat. But it contains enough moments of brilliance to win you over. You keep coming back and whilst it may be a bit too much to listen to all the time (its dark), it really is rewarding, intimate and full of passion. So far removed from the Pop music of X-Factor and all the better for it.

This is an album for stereo's (the bass and space of it works with speakers). This is an album for headphones (the intimacy demands such a device to conduct the heartfelt moments intimately). This is an album which lingers (the keening voice and haunting melody will stay long beyond the last note). This is an album that deserves to be heard.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Heard the song called Sarah Minor today on Radio 2 and it had one of those rare effects of stopping me in my tracks.Its a wonderful harmony between lyrics, his voice and guitar..a very haunting combination. Im not sure how many tracks are on the album but I have discovered at least 4 other tracks(Oliver Dalston Browning, Nest, and Party song) via You Tube and Keaton's own website which are all of a similar ilk.
I have a feeling that today Keaton's debut album has just been launched into a the public stratosphere with no doubt success to follow. Well done Keaton- you are a talented artist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotion so raw it's still bleeding 21 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Do you find Nick Drake's album Pink Moon a bit too upbeat and macho? Then this is the artist for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, only three reviews ?? 17 Jun 2012
By Stealth
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is fantastic; I've not stopped listening to it for the last two months. There aren't many albums that get my attention straight away but this one sure did. I love every song on the disc but my highlights are Sarah Minor, Oliver Dalston Browning, small hands and flesh and bone.

Sure, it's certainly far from up-beat album and won't be to everybody's taste but well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning album of confessional break up music. 14 Aug 2014
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This album is stunning and has simply become one of my 'must play' records nearly every day, I play it at school during lessons and many of my students have asked about it and checked Keaton out on Youtube where there are some fabulous videos to accompany some of his amazing songs, I first heard 'Charon' on the BBC3 series 'In The Flesh' and couldn't believe that I hadn't heard of him before, especially as a 'Folkie' myself and quite up to date with new artists but Wow! song after amazing song bleeds from this CD : You don't know how lucky you are, Small Hands and Flesh and Bones are all incredible their raw emotion, confessional story-telling and impeccable playing on electric and semi-acoustic guitars just amazing - I will not liken him to any other artist because I feel it detracts from them and from him, you'll just have to listen and find out for yourself. There are some moments when Keaton turns on the power a bit such as on tracks Kronos but essentially this is raw, mellow, semi-acoustic confessional 'break-up'music the likes of which Jake Bugg could only dream of!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 18 Jan 2013
By James
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Such a good album, very emotional.
I gave it as a present to my ex, as we both loved his songs, and we both enjoyed listening to it together once again, on different terms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning 15 Jan 2013
By Moops
Format:Audio CD
One of my best buys of 2012, I truely adore it, such a stunning album, Keaton Henson has such a beautiful voice and the lyrics to all his songs have such meaning, well worth a buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear 10 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A beautiful album with feeling behind the words, Keaton Henson gives the album a few twists but as his first it's lovely :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and hypnotic
Just a stunning album. Sure it's bleak. Sure it's quiet. Sure it's heartbreaking but sweet lord it's addictive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Markybod
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album, promptly delivered
Published 1 month ago by SOH
4.0 out of 5 stars Keaton henson
Like birthday love dear shame Keaton didn't do concerts would be at front of queue x
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Tina parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!
Not a word to throw around, but that is exactly what this all-round artist is. Not content with excelling in one medium, he amazes across the board. Who says polymaths are dead? Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise
I purchased this product thinking it was a place mat! however I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the CD.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs EEA Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just glorious
Melancholic and raw, but tonally varied and full of surprises. Henson is a remarkable singer-songwriter who deserves much more attention (though he probably wouldn't like that).
Published 6 months ago by Mr Sindre Vandvik
4.0 out of 5 stars Keaton Henson's very own thriller
What a sneaky album is this. An opening track, "Prologue", does nothing at all, and with your guard down "You Don't Know How Lucky You Are" flows into your ears and lodges firmly... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kev
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for 'Small Hands' alone
Probably the best new artist i have found in a number of years, acoustic guitar and modern folk lyrics sung with wavering sensitivity. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Si
5.0 out of 5 stars Henson amazing
This record is amazing. Just saved my life. This is where Keaton shows how whith simplicity you can show hard feelings. Just amazing.
Published 16 months ago by Miguel Garcia F. Dias
5.0 out of 5 stars Top
Amazingly heartfelt. It's beautiful and tragic. Probably avoid if feeling sad. Lyrics are great, as are the vocals. Should buy.
Published 16 months ago by Ben OW
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