In 2009, HENRY PRIESTMAN (who wrote all those hits for The Christians in the 80’s, and Yachts’ songs in the 70’s) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of Modern Life” to critical acclaim and airplay, and singles from the album (including “Grey’s The New Blonde”) made it onto the Radio 2 playlist. 2014 saw the release of Henry’s 2nd album “The Last Mad Surge of Youth”on Proper Records, which garnered Henry the best reviews he’s had in 37 years of releasing records. (See below what they said about the album).
Most recently in 2018, a joint album together with Henry’s guitarist Les Glover entitled “Six of One and Half as Dozen of the Other”, gave them another load of 4 star reviews.
“Priestman’s melodic and lyrical gifts remain superbly honed…Glover delivers equally corking tunes…’Six of One and Half a Dozen of the Other’: brimful with top tunes” **** – ‘RnR Magazine’ Jan/Feb ‘18
Praise for Henry’s last solo album “The Last Mad Surge of Youth”
UnCut: 8/10 “…compares favourably to Ray Davies. These are heart-warming self-assured songs from a man confidently declaring that he’s not done yet”
R2: **** “Clever crafted songwriting…full of proper tunes & grown-up words…a clever, wily, literate writer”
Q: ***“It’s all bound by Priestman’s songwriterly craft: some things age cannot whither”
New Zealand, Sunday Star Times ****1/2 (CD of the Week) : “unique clarity, and honesty…”
Classic Pop: **** “A lovingly crafted album…his fourth act might be his best”
New Zealand, The Dominion Post ****: “Priestman occupies the territory somewhere between Ray Davies’ sardonic take on life and Nick Lowe’s sly humour”…