Birthdays - Keaton Henson
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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second release for the British singer-songwriter was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and features Band of Horses and Jesca Hoop as guests.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. Mar 13, 2013
    80
    It's a transformation that makes the delicate beauty of what comes before even more startling. [Mar 2013, p.102]
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    80
    Blessed with a beautiful, halting falsetto and a way with words, he is a very sad man, and this is a very sad album. It will make you want to lie down in the dark for a while and think about things.
  4. 70
    The album isn’t easy going: it’s hard to completely love a record as bleak as this.... but Henson has a poet’s way with words and an expressive voice that you’d never tire of listening to.
  5. 70
    Henson spends 20-odd minutes working his tremulous voice--somewhere between Paul Simon and Wayne Coyne--around echoing guitar.... Then suddenly he finds the socket and ‘Don’t Swim’ rages into life, his guitar bashed and throttled.
  6. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    Birthdays is so fragile and broken that listening to it without signing some kind of non-disclosure agreement feels borderline voyeuristic.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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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. Expand
  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. Expand

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