Forced Witness
Alex Cameron - Forced Witness
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Rank: #288 / 629
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
September 8, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Secretly Canadian / Label
Synthpop / Genres
Your Review


Loud and Quiet

Somewhere between the stadium pop of Heart and the dive-bar dirt of Springsteen, Cameron is undeniable in craft, humour and sax solos.

Northern Transmissions

While it may be a little ingrained in its sounds, there’s a lot of soul and real dynamic energy in the writing to make this stand out as a sleeper hit.

The Needle Drop
On his sophomore album, Sydney singer/songwriter Alex Cameron consistently delivers catchy hooks and hilarious lyrics while channeling a soft rock aesthetic.

The art-sleaze of Alex Cameron’s second album transcends its surface-level smarm to become a biting piece of commentary. Thankfully, the songs are as effortlessly catchy as they are eminently creepy.

The Line of Best Fit

Cameron's obscure blend of synth-pop and neo-electronica, along with his dark, lurking persona seem to fit the criteria of a background character of a David Lynch film.

The 405
Cameron’s reach for the stars will be a divisive listen. He pulls no punches in creating this character, and the ugly language used to do so, will be viewed as unnecessary by some. But it all hangs together pretty well to create a set of songs that largely transcend the lame pastiches that they can stray close to being.

While it's easy to admire the craft behind Forced Witness, it's a little harder to embrace the album as a whole -- and not necessarily in the ways Cameron may have intended.


Forced Witness is perhaps too heavily grounded in the sounds of the decade [1980s], to the point that a "heard it before" spectre hangs over the album.

Sep 26, 2017
the lyrical content is just straight up like gross but i luv the arrangements!
Sep 20, 2017
Favorite Tracks: Candy May, Runnin' Outta Luck, Stranger's Kiss
Least Favorite: The Hacienda
Sep 19, 2017
Muchos artistas y músicos establecidos deberían sentirse avergonzados de que un semi-novato haga cosas más interesantes que ellos.
Este joven tiene los movimientos y la actitud para llegar muy lejos.

Sep 14, 2017
I was very pleased with Alex Cameron's first record, Jumping the Shark, and the same goes with his follow-up. Cameron really embraces the use of synth and creative instrumentation in both of his records. The first 5 tracks are very solid and fun. The rest of the record is good, but they seem to lack a certain vibe that I got from earlier in the record. The record ends on a great note with "Politics of Love" as well. Overall, clever, meaningful songwriting from Cameron that is backed ... read more
Sep 13, 2017
- Album Thoughts:
Unfortunately for Cameron, the music feels dated from the outset. It's hard to fall in love with the album from the get go but some of the songs throughout the album are genuinely good. The album should perhaps be reduced to a small EP? The album falls flat on it's face with Marlon Brandon, completely failing to use a slur in an artistic commentary way, thus coming out to show a certain era of ignorance. Not to slate the album completely, some songs have an aura of good vibes ... read more
Track List
  1. Candy May
  2. Country Figs
  3. Runnin' Outta Luck
  4. Stranger's Kiss (Duet with Angel Olsen)
  5. True Lies
  6. Studmuffin96
  7. The Chihuahua
  8. The Hacienda
  9. Marlon Brando
  10. Politics of Love

Added on: July 13, 2017