Keaton Henson - Birthdays
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2013 Ratings: #526 / 1035
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2013 Ratings: #186
February 25, 2013 / Release Date
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Oak Ten / Label
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Much like his debut, 'Dear', released barely a year ago, 'Birthdays' is an intense - at times uncomfortably so - album of solitary outpourings of emotion, with a backing of finger-picked guitar.

The 405

With his latest offering, Henson continues to do what he does best with his quivering vocals acting as the perfect narration, as he allows the listener to journey deep into darkest corners of his troubled mind.


Birthdays is often a harrowing and troubling listen, relentless and redolent of its own agony. 


Hardly the celebration the title suggests, 23-year-old Keaton Henson’s second album finds the shy Richmond guitar-picker breaking out a little from the intense, introverted folk of his debut, ‘Dear…’

Consequence of Sound

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. 

Dreamy indie folk with a heart and mind of a dark soul. Pierces through the feels each time.
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Henson has the voice, the ambientation, the lyrics, but rarely does he shows the attitude and personality to support his goods. Along this collection of tracks the singer-songwriter does a good job in sounding pleasant, delicate and sweet with his tender finger-picking and easy voice, but there is not much variation along the tracklisting, as Henson puts up song after song, overall the same sonorities and song structures, with little more instrumentation than his guitar. The highlight is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Teach Me
  2. 10am Gare du Nord
  3. You
  4. Lying To You
  5. The Best Today
  6. Don't Swim
  7. Kronos
  8. Beekeeper
  9. Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us
  10. In the Morning
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Added on: March 1, 2013