With his uniquely virtuosic singing, informed as much by blues artists like Son House and Robert Johnson as modern singer/songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Dion shared much in common with contemporaries like Tim Buckley, John Sebastian, and James Taylor. In fact, his opening reworking of Bob Dylan's "Mama, You've Been on My Mind" hardly resembles Dylan at all. It has much more in common with the atmospheric style of Nick Drake and Terry Callier.
Annika Henderson's self-titled debut is a striking introduction to the unlikely but fascinating collision of sounds and deadpan cool she expanded on later with the band Exploded View. Though Anika's songs are mostly (brilliantly chosen) covers, the album's collisions of post-punk, dub, and girl group pop are unmistakably hers.