Henwall - Take Me Back - Stereo Stickman

Henwall Take Me Back


It’s time to get your dancing trousers on! Channeling Avici-style vibes, Take Me Back is an uptempo Adrenalin-soaked rush through the sort of nostalgia-doused lyrical adventures that have done very good business in recent years.

The euphoria-inducing kick drum on the beat (followed by a hand-clap on the off) points the way right through a dusty western romp that deserves to be heard.

The rolling, spanked acoustic guitars are mixed bright and wide, and with a popcorn synth that provides unusual ear candy along with an insistent electric guitar riff to set up the soundscape for the impassioned vocals.

The voice is a mixture of earnest, confessional intensity on the verses and then, like the ripcord being pulled on a parachute, it opens up to a vital rasp (not unlike a young Bryan Adams) with bundles of energy on the choruses, imploring to be taken back ‘to where I belong’. And there are some strenuous, heartfelt vocal ad-libs sprinkled on top of these choruses, too.

The very title talks of days and things gone by and ‘where it all started’ – and the lyric wisely isn’t too specific: it might be about craving youth, innocence or an old love. Or all of the above. What’s clear is it’s in the past. The finished track comes across as a very wholesome craving, too, as ‘I’ll see you at Sunday’s church’.

It’s over very quickly, but the wind-through-the-hair rush may stay with you for some time courtesy of this smartly-produced, well-sung slice of house-pop.

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Chris Porter


As well as writing about music, Chris Porter is a songwriter, singer, producer & vocal coach. He has written for all manner of international artists, including Dagny, Dzeko, and hit the No.1 spot with Thailand’s Singto Numchok. His music has had thousands of placements on film, TV & radio all around the globe.

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