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Forced Witness

Alex Cameron

2017

Forced Witness
Album Summary

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Forced Witness is the second studio album by Australian musician Alex Cameron. It was released by record label Secretly Canadian on 8 September 2017, and includes songs featuring Brandon Flowers and Angel Olsen. The album is defined by Cameron's characteristic 1980s instrumentation and first-person storytelling. It received moderately positive reviews from critics.

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Rating

2.93

Votes

67

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Indie

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Fri Feb 09 2024
4

A very welcome discovery. Brilliant synth pop that puts you in a good mood and has effervescent melodies. It's the main reason I kept up with this "challenge". With such a cheesy cover and such a bland image, I never would have come to Alex Cameron on my own. Very grateful

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

This grew on me immensley throughout its runtime. It is the exact mix of sincerity and tongue-in-cheek that I love. The beats and grooves are genuine enough, though!

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Tue Feb 20 2024
4

My first reaction: This is pretty lame, generic throwback music that borders on easy listening. But as the album went on I really started appreciating the clever lyrics, interesting songs, and quality production. By the end he pretty much won me over. Happy to have heard this and will listen again. 4 stars.

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Mon Feb 12 2024
3

Appropriate choice, as this is as long-form as Cameron gets in his hyper-modern crooning. The songs all have a wonderful sleazy LA patina; The turns of phrase that come but once will make or break the record. The kind of album to sit with a cup of coffee spiked on the sly.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
3

8/10. I thought this was pretty cool, really enjoyed the sound, and the lyrics were well crafted, and often a little jarring compared to everything else going on.

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Sat Feb 10 2024
4

1. Why so many Aussie entries on the user list??? 2. This sounds good, but kind of indistinguishable from a lot of the 80s entries on the list.

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Sat Feb 10 2024
3

Fun throwback 80's sound with some pretty funny lyrics, but the songs themselves weren't lovable enough as a whole to really enjoy it as a full album experience.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
3

Catchy little bops with sax?

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Thu Feb 15 2024
3

Found this a little perplexing... the sort of 80s yacht rock/new wave feel of the music, periodically jarring in combination with the casually profane lyrics. Not the strongest singer, though his vocals get the job done. It was unique, I didn't dislike it, but I'm not sure it's something I'd seek out.

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Tue Feb 27 2024
3

Mixed feelings about this one. Music was alright, but I lost attention from time to time

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Sun Mar 03 2024
3

It's like if you mashed Bruce Springsteen and The Killers together with an 80s throwback with more profane subject matter. I can see why people would be into it, but not my shtick.

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Tue Apr 23 2024
3

Indie pop music crossing over with Beck and simple guitar pop. An 80s feel with quirky lyrics that strangely remind me of John Grant for some reason.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
2

I can hear the link with Brandon Flowers. Unfortunately not the Brandon Flowers from the Killers' debut album. No, this gives me the same cringeworthy feeling as "Are we human or Are we Dancer?". A song which almost drives me to puncture my eardrums. Alex Cameron isn't _that_ bad, but still this doesn't do anything for me.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
2

This was not kinda bad, but not really good either. Middle-of-the-road is the propper name for it. Easy to listen to, but also easy to forget.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
2

Cynical hipster shit with a "lol, it's so 80s hey" backdrop. I always wonder whether these cunts actually like the music they're sending up, or if it's just a vehicle for maximum *irony*. Either way, 2/5 and fuck off.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
1

This is some kinda meta-level irony that I don't have the time or the patience to come to appreciate.

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