Miami Memory

Alex Cameron - Miami Memory
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #317 / 737
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Based on 296 ratings
2019 Ratings: #407
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September 13, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions

On Miami Memory, Cameron extols the beauty of love while singing about sex, family, and responsibility with unabashed candour. But he never shies away from the ugly sides of love, the trying demands of commitment.

80
Loud and Quiet

Miami Memory ... mixes Cameron’s obligatory sex gags with more of his personal life than ever before, at times threatening to unveil who he really is these days.

80
Under The Radar

Cameron's third full-length sees him take on female perspectives to the toxic masculinity problem.

80
Exclaim!

While casual listeners may find this humour flippant, given the topics explored on Miami Memory, closer listens reveal a mature and surprisingly au courant album that grapples with complex social issues in a commendably fearless way.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Miami Memory displays an increasing, albeit cautious, capacity to divert from a well-trodden trail; seeing Cameron’s confessional voice explored and defined to a degree previously unseen in his output.

80
PopMatters

Alex Cameron's third album, Miami Memory, is still some kind of monster, but it has drawn in its teeth and is laughing with the family.

80
The Skinny

What you’re left with is ten great pop songs; bitingly funny, bombastically anthemic and gently sensual, often at the same time.

80
No Ripcord

By stripping away the ickiest qualities of his music, he may have strengthened his appeal.

80
The Needle Drop

Alex Cameron has a talent for writing witty and smart songs about love and masculinity from a male perspective.

80
Paste

On Miami Memory, the move to self-narrative works in his favor.

80
Uncut

Sincerity and quick-smarts from Australian showman.

70
AllMusic

This one is the best produced, most catchy, and most vulgar of his catalog up until this point.

70
FLOOD Magazine

It looks like we’re at 100 percent authentic Alex Cameron, and Miami Memory—a sort of Portrait of the Artist as Someone Else’s Man—finds him reaching new heights, raising the bar for himself, not content to tread familiar ground.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald
By inserting himself in the story, Cameron has added a compelling new dimension to his own myth.
68
GIGsoup

Alex Cameron’s third effort is by some lengths his biggest departure.

60
NME

The archly comic musician, who has formerly adopted toxic fictional personas, dials down the irony for a semi-sincere album that feels tonally awkward.

60
Pitchfork

Miami Memory feels like a stuffy reheat of Forced Witness’ groovy ’80s synth-rock.

WhatTheFunk
70
The King of Musical Satire is back!

With two albums, "Jumping The Shark" in 2016 and "Forced Witness" in 2017, Alex Cameron has managed to reinvent himself. The former member of Seekae has become in a few years the King of musical satire and a reference in the Australian indie scene because of his inimitable dandy personality. And in 2019, he is back with his third LP entitled "Miami Memory". For the first time in his discography, the Australian dandy decided to ... read more
ElectricMess
84
As a recovering Floridian, the sleazy, rundown neon sign-lit vibe that Alex Cameron brings to the table is spot on for a record called “Miami Memory.” The man’s lyricism is as ridiculously scummy as ever, telling tales of romance that would be heartbreaking if the narrator didn’t deserve every bit of the pain, and the fact that I’ve had to stop myself from singing “I ate your ass like an oyster” MULTIPLE TIMES is a testament to how sticky the hooks can ... read more
Doofy
77
The same trick again sure, but the ‘all the gory details’ storytelling in the verses building up to the pratfalls that are the conventional chipper and/or chest thumping ‘heartland rock’ style choruses that are hilariously miscast in this context - born of the delusions, self lies and dopey logic of these beyond-hope characters - is a concept with a lot of mileage.

The other winning element is that once you’re familiar with the lyrics you can then focus less on ... read more
Tielur
60
While containing the same whit and blunt force nature that Cameron is known for, he often finds himself behind a very dull and not too sticky set of instrumental pieces. Not to say that the arrangements on this album are terrible, they just don't stick the landing with what made Camerons last two albums so great and replayable. Alex Cameron isn't falling off the track by any means, he can only go up, but hopefully next time around he finds himself within some better hooks and can keep the same ... read more
liammenzies
56
No matter what way you feel about it, Forced Witness was one of the biggest surprises of 2017. While I hate to start such a review with this, Alex Cameron’s sophomore effort will be at the back of your mind when checking out Miami Memory. And who could blame you? Walking the thin line of sincerity and comedy like Jim Carrey’s transition into the noughties, Forced Witness was a joy to behold. An album that’s only gotten better since its release.

You may assume that everything ... read more
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Track List

  1. Stepdad
  2. Miami Memory
  3. Far From Born Again
  4. Gaslight
  5. Bad For the Boys
  6. End is Nigh
  7. PC With Me
  8. Divorce
  9. Other Ladies
  10. Too Far
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