With the re-release of his heartbreak album Dearthis week, Keaton Henson shares 10 records to shed a tear to.
Valentine’s Day can feel like a cruel joke for the broken hearted: a 24 hour in-your-face reminder that you’re flying solo. Fortunately, generations of musicians have soundtracked the break-up plunge into overwhelming emotion, through self-reflection, and ultimately on to healing.
For many, Keaton Henson’s debut Dear is the quintessential heartbreak album. Addressed almost entirely to an ex-lover, Keaton started writing the songs as a personal project, never intending to release them which goes some way to explaining why the lyrics are so intensely honest and intimate. Guaranteed to cast a spell over you, the isolation and endearing vulnerability he faced at the time is perfectly captured in his quivering vocals and the elegant raw tones of his guitar strings. Have a listen here.
The album has been given a new life with a re-release by The Vinyl Factory featuring three bonus tracks, that according to Keaton “in hindsight should perhaps have been included”, along with new artwork by Keaton himself. And, filmed in one unbroken shot, there’s a stunning new music video to the delicate and ironically-named album closer ‘Party Song’.
To mark the release we invited Keaton to select 10 intimate, heartsore songs, which you can listen to in the playlist below. Keep scrolling for Keaton’s poetic reasoning behind each record.
Simon and Garfunkel ‘Bookends Theme’ from Bookends (Columbia, 1968)