Keaton Henson
Dear...


4.5
superb

Review

by VisionsFromTheDarkSide USER (23 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2013 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


From the bustling city of London comes a multi-talented man by the name of Keaton Henson. As well as music, Henson also indulges in poetry and visual art, even designing album artwork for bands such as Enter Shikari and Dananananaykroyd. He is renowned for suffering from serious stage fright and could be described as a recluse, so it is no surprise that his first album, ‘Dear…’ is the soundtrack of a man lost, lonely and depressed.

The enigma that Henson creates helps to produce a truly compelling listen in ‘Dear…’ The 25 year-old’s breakthrough came when his single ‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ received national attention through DJ Zane Lowe, when he played the track on BBC Radio 1, and it’s not hard to see why the song received much praise and recognition. With its hypnotic guitar work and melancholy lyrics, the song perfectly encapsulates the essence of ‘Dear…’

Lyrically, Henson seems to take a lot of inspiration from Irish folk musician Damien Rice, while musically, the fiddly and folk-like guitars often draw comparisons with Iron & Wine. Much like these artists, the real talent that Henson seems to have is being able to captivate the listener with just a guitar and his delicate-style of vocals. However, some people may see this as Henson’s downfall; it could be said that these components alone are not enough to hold the listener’s attention for the full thirty-five minutes of ‘Dear…’

There is no denying Henson’s talent, however, and what this album really excels at is creating a smooth and easy listen while not slipping to the sub-standard clichés commonly found in today’s music scene. As mentioned before, Henson’s vocals are a real highlight, and manage to sound extremely fragile and emotional, yet soothing at the same time. This, coupled with the often-complex and technical guitar work ensures that ‘Dear…’ is an album not to be missed, and really conforms to the image that Henson has managed to create through his lack of live performances and generally enigmatic nature. All in all, ‘Dear…’ is a fantastic record which deserves far more attention, although does not receive it possibly for the sake of the artist involved.



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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
October 3rd 2013


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bit of a short review for my standards

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CaptainDooRight
October 3rd 2013


29131 Comments


Nice rev, pos


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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
October 3rd 2013


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks dude

ShadowRemains
October 3rd 2013


20700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good review

both of his full lengths are great

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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
October 3rd 2013


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks mate, and I haven't heard his second one actually but if it's anything like this then I'll
listen.

bakkermaarten007
October 3rd 2013


3502 Comments


I checked this after reading the review of his second full length. I like the music but I just can't get over his voice. It's too bad 'cause I really want to like it.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
October 3rd 2013


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's a shame man, I love his voice, but to each their own

bakkermaarten007
October 3rd 2013


3502 Comments


It's quite surprising really, given my top rated albums. Lots of vocal work there that'd make lots of people cringe. Also, good review. Pos.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
October 3rd 2013


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha I see what you mean (not that I cringe at those vocals but I know people who do), thanks bro

iwasnvrurbf
November 9th 2013


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm seeing him live on Monday
tissues at the ready

JS19
January 11th 2014


4256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

3rd listening.... Yeah I just *got* this. Wow

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ShitsofRain
January 11th 2014


5892 Comments


i never will

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JS19
January 11th 2014


4256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not your thing?

ShitsofRain
January 11th 2014


5892 Comments


not at all

JS19
January 11th 2014


4256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shame man, this seriously got to me...

Rowan5215
May 17th 2014


26268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck this is incredible
Guys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3o0MFSv4dw really though

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tommygun
May 17th 2014


24926 Comments


have had this for like a year without jammin agreed

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Rowan5215
May 17th 2014


26268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Change that agreed

tommygun
May 17th 2014


24926 Comments


the guard in kakariko village at the gate to death mountain

his son wants a keaton mask

Rowan5215
May 17th 2014


26268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay green baron



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