Benjamin Booker – Witness (sealed UK import)

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Benjamin Booker  is an American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He cites The Gun ClubBlind Willie Johnson and T. Rex as influences.His music was described by the Chicago Tribune as “a raw brand of blues/boogie/soul,”, by The Independent as “frenzied guitar-strumming and raw, soulful vocals that are hair-raising in intensity”and by Spin as “bright, furious, explosive garage rock.”

Witness was announced with the premiere of its title track on March 9, 2017. Booker published an essay alongside the announcement, detailing the experience that led him towards writing the album’s title track. The title track’s references to police brutality and activism garnered Booker coverage in politically-leaning outlets including Mic, which noted the album’s “urgent synthesis of blues, gospel and soul — forms with long histories of translating black pain into uplifting and enduring compositions … with a raw and unforgiving candor that’s reminiscent of downtown New York punk.

The opening track “Right on You” was shared on April 19 by The Fader, which called it “a staticky, high-tempo ballad that packs a punch”. The third song to be released from the album, “Believe”, was premiered by TIME on May 23. In the run-up to the album’s release WNYC released a statement about it, describing Booker as “a punk & grit-infused songwriter whose ecstatic and soulful sounds channel vintage soul-rock, gospel, and blues.”



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