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Witness

Benjamin Booker

Witness

Second album from the Virginia Beach singer-songwriter, featuring a guest appearance from Mavis Staples

ADM rating[?]

6.9

Label
Rough Trade
UK Release date
02/06/2017
US Release date
02/06/2017
  1. 9.1 |   Paste Magazine

    The highpoint of Witness is its title track, in which Booker collaborates with gospel legend Mavis Staples (even dropping the f-bomb in front of her, which is actually a pretty punk-rock move)
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  2. 8.1 |   AU Review

    The clear standout from the album is “Believe”. It’s easily the most well rounded track in terms of music, song content and lyricism. The album would have been a near masterpiece if it had included a couple more tracks of this standard
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  3. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Makes retro music feel modern, reflecting on racism in America while drawing on blues, soul, and gospel
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  4. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    When Benjamin Booker sings, he sounds like a train trying to squeeze through a blocked tunnel
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  5. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Strikes an emotional chord in illustrating the charged emotions that swirl around the very real concept of systemic racism and subsequent fallout
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  6. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Intense and committed songs. Print edition only

  7. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Garage rocker finds soulful political edge
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  8. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    The lush arrangements are lovely, but they too often threaten to suffocate that remarkably raw voice
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  9. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Important issues, dealt with on Witness via a musical palette drawing equally from blues, punk and T. Rex
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