Keaton Henson originally produced his music for personal reasons, and he never intended for it to be heard by anyone else. But we sure are glad that it was.
His debut album, Dear, is such a joy. It’s so simple but so pleasing. You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are, which Zane Lowe threatened to play twice in one radio show, follows Prologue and opens the album beautifully. There’s something so special about the gentle sound of a guitar accompanied by a pure and equally gentle voice, and this delivers that.
This same feeling continues throughout the entire album, which makes it very easy listening. Even the more upbeat songs on the album, such as Small Hands, are relaxing. As track six, it’s roughly halfway through the album and creates a welcome change to the slower tracks.
The slow, peaceful songs continue with Flesh and Bone and Nests, but the end of the album picks up again, with Not That You’d Even Notice – another one that mixes it up with a bit more fun.
The closing track, Party Song, might sound like something you might play at a party with your friends, but it’s unlikely to be. If you listen to the lyrics it’s even less likely. “Im afraid I’d kill your lover while his back was turned” – not my idea of a party, but still quite pleasant as a track if you don’t tune into the lyrics.
Perhaps not a great album to listen to if you’re already feeling a bit down, but it’s a perfect album for a lazy Sunday afternoon, whilst drinking a cold beer in the sun.