10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Garage-soul wunderkind Benjamin Booker followed his 2014 breakthrough by decamping to Mexico, only to be drawn home by news of police shootings and Black Lives Matter protests. The result is Witness, an album torn between personal reflection and political responsibility, bluesy paranoia (“The Slow Drag Under”) and gospel catharsis (the Mavis Staples-featuring “Witness”). “I just want to believe in something,” Booker sings on “Believe,” his voice hoarse against a string section reminiscent of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” “I don’t care if it’s right or wrong.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Garage-soul wunderkind Benjamin Booker followed his 2014 breakthrough by decamping to Mexico, only to be drawn home by news of police shootings and Black Lives Matter protests. The result is Witness, an album torn between personal reflection and political responsibility, bluesy paranoia (“The Slow Drag Under”) and gospel catharsis (the Mavis Staples-featuring “Witness”). “I just want to believe in something,” Booker sings on “Believe,” his voice hoarse against a string section reminiscent of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” “I don’t care if it’s right or wrong.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
34 Ratings
34 Ratings
firescootboy ,

Favorite album of 2017

I’d never heard of Booker before a co-worker recommended this album. Love it. Listened to it a thousand times. His first album is great as well, but this one’s my favorite.

Gobbersnoble ,

Oh my

This is the good stuff. The breadth of this album is stunning. Play it from front to back. The song sequence is superb.

Erockmtbr ,

No Brainer

Heard "witness" on a drive home. Got home bought the whole album. Not a weak song on it. Great great stuff. My only problem is it's too short.
Do yourself a favor and buy the whole album.