Forced Witness

Alex Cameron - Forced Witness
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #241 / 725
User Score
Based on 211 ratings
2017 Ratings: #51
September 8, 2017 / Release Date
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Secretly Canadian / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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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.

Can pop be fun again?

Yes, with Alex Cameron, the King of Musical Satire, as I like to dub him. In 2016, Alex Cameron proved that he could continue to exist after Seekae with his debut solo album "Jumping The Shark". The Australian dandy has made his conversion by flirting with 80's sounds. And since it worked, Cameron decided to release a second album "Forced Witness".

Surrounded by Jonathan Rado (Foxygen) at the production, Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and his ... read more
Random Person: “How many times can you say “Faggot” in an album without pissing too many people off?”

Alex Cameron: *downs pint of lager* “Watch and learn, faggot”
Every day on my way to work I walk past three or four hobos and all I can think about is this lyric:

"The worst part about being homeless
Is waking up from a dirty wet dream
With a lap full of cum and a head full of steam"

I'm guessing he's not wrong but I'm too shy to ask.
Fucking oath mate, i love how catchy and outrageous this album can be at most times. This album needs more attention and recognition how fun this record is. Definitely one of my favourite albums of the year.

Edit: Had this on repeat, god knows how many times.
I've been returning to each album I've previously rated and formally reviewing them. Originally for my AOTY list, which is not necessarily based on their ratings because when I rate an album I try to leave it at my initial rating unless my opinion on it drastically changes enough for me to re-rate it, Alex Cameron's Forced Witness made the 4th slot behind Brockhampton's Saturation I in 3rd, CARE's LUV IN THE RUINS in 2nd, and Ariel Pink's Dedicated to Bobby Jameson in 1st. If I knew how ... read more
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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
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