Hennessy Keane are a duo from Hampshire which I originally found difficult to believe considering their obvious West American country influence. The band formed just over a year ago yet have that successful experienced country sound. The boys obviously have raw talent and this calming album doesnâ€™t fail to show this. Lyrics on some tracks reflect on the personal experiences of the two, such as â€œUncle Johnnyâ€ and â€œFirst Timeâ€ with themes of love and change in circumstance explaining how Shaun Hennessy and Ian Keane have been altered by this.
â€œNowhere Fastâ€ comprises of a combination of traditional country with its strong sense of religion and modern subjects. The first time I heard â€œSoldiers Wifeâ€ I couldnâ€™t help but make the comparison between Hennessy Keane and Johnny Cash- I know, I know a brave comparison to assign, however I believe thereâ€™s something in Shaun Hennessyâ€™s emotional tone that deserves this especially when considering the romantic imagery portrayed in the lyrics.
I highly recommend this album to anyone with a taste for country, despite the reasonably small opening for it in the UK when compare to America, perhaps itâ€™d be beneficial for the duo to cross the water and put themselves forwards over there, I canâ€™t help but think theyâ€™d be appreciated that little bit more.