Birthdays - Keaton Henson
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8

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  1. Apr 16, 2013
    8
    I haven't had the chance to give the entire album a complete listen yet, as I am obsessed (and stuck) with the first few tracks on it. More specifically, 'You' and 'Lying to You' could be two of the most beautiful mournful songs about the darker hours of a romantic relationship that I've heard in many years. Give it a go, it's lovely.
  2. Jul 25, 2013
    8
    This album does contain a collection of excellent songs, though the jarring jump from acoustic and vocals to electric and band mid song were initially alienating, the over all quality of the material means it is involving and engaging, just not the most coherent or consistent.
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 26, 2013
    60
    Despite his delicate--make that dainty--designs, Henson also knows how to set a fanciful mood, albeit one that’s singularly subdued.
  2. 70
    While the album’s rustic first half simmers the songwriter with the myriad Jeff Buckley and Justin Vernon comparisons, it’s the last seven tracks where Henson embraces the exploratory nature of a second album.
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Birthdays is the kind of record you’re not likely to let go of easily and in coming times it’s likely to be a touchstone recording for a number of singer-songwriters and a measuring stick for critics.