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Benjamin Booker



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When Benjamin Booker sings, he sounds like a train trying to squeeze through a blocked tunnel. His voice is a potent weapon, a gravel inflected rasp deployed with unerring accuracy.

Witness starts like a train as well, thundering out on a wave of pent-up political fury. As the record continues, a bluesy feel enters, Booker recounting his own experience of racism in America amidst swirling guitars, soaring vocals, handclaps, and lyrical repetition.

That the repetition eventually grates only goes to show how high Booker can reach at his best. Witness gets there enough to make it worth anyone’s time. (

Author rating: 7/10

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