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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Keep up the great work.
Apparently, this guy writes and draws, draws and writes, and that is it. He is an illustrator and visual artist, as well being a singer/songwriter, and it appears that this last pursuit mentioned is almost by accident. Without any intention of releasing any of his songs that were made in his bedroom, only intended as a gift for a friend, apparently. That would have been a shame if it had remained that way. With the music being inclusive, reclusive almost, the picture you get is one of a stationary nomad, someone who has been around more than just the block, who is now content to stay in his own hood.Read more ›
it's a breathe of fresh air to hear such a personal album, these song's would fit well in the heavens with angels dancing, and the sun beaming.
So buy the album, make a cup of tea and sit under the sun or the moon and listen to this album, you will not regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this album only after hearing a few songs on Spotifyand I'm so glad I bought it. It's slightly haunting sounds mixed with keaton's unique voice just goes together... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Elkington
I heard Keaton Henson on the soundtrack of the film X ±Y and tracked this down. It didn't disappoint and is very charming and sensitive.Reminded me of Sufan Stevens.Published 16 months ago by pauline Buck
Good album. You'll probably like it if you like Dylan, Young and Mitchell, or modern artists such as Laura Marling.Published 16 months ago by Mr B K Edwards
Just a stunning album. Sure it's bleak. Sure it's quiet. Sure it's heartbreaking but sweet lord it's addictive. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Markybod