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Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Helen Henderson: London

Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Helen Henderson: London

From her musical beginnings in Invercargill to arriving in London in the late ’70s with a handful of songs and 50 quid, timing and musical fortune were kind to Helen Henderson. After landing a record deal with a label that was home to The Boomtown Rats and Sinead O’Connor, to name a couple of prominent label mates, Henderson proceeded to pair up with prominent session musicians and record the collection of songs that only now has surfaced as ‘London’. The master tapes languished in a vault for a quarter century until co-songwriter Bob Rosenberg uncovered them. Henderson’s gift is the ease in which the songs seem to come to her and her storytelling ability is obvious, songs painting vivid pictures of the characters involved contrasting with others sung in first person. Listen To The Wind is filled with hope while Anyone’s Baby is possibly more autobiographical. Children Of The Night stands out as the album’s gritty rocker amongst a collection of retrospective love songs. With quality songs, musicians and engineering, time has been kind to these recordings and the songs still stand strong. With stylistic parallels to Sharon O’Neill and a confident songwriting individuality, Helen Henderson proves a timeless treasure worth (re-)discovering.