Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 60
    It’s tough and grimy but you have to wonder how many others are out there bashing out similarly trashy rock who haven’t gotten Booker’s breaks
  2. Aug 19, 2014
    88
    The production will frustrate those who demand cleaner sounds, who like their vocals to rise above the rhythm section. Instead the singer's voice folds into the noise, just another grimy texture on an album that treats the blues not as a museum piece, but as a roadmap of one prodigal son's early life.
  3. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    An electrifying introduction to the future of the blues.
  4. Aug 14, 2014
    80
    Often doesn’t even sound like a record at all, and more like a live set.
  5. Aug 20, 2014
    80
    Booker's unique sound is a taste worth acquiring. [Sep 2014, p.91]
  6. Aug 18, 2014
    80
    There is pain, frustration, beauty and love whistling away in every crevice of this album.
  7. 80
    His debut lives and breathes the Deep South, from the Chuck Berry references (most effective on opener 'Violent Shiver') to the slower, more hushed tones of 'I Thought I Heard You Screaming', which sees Booker take his vocal cues straight from Bobbie Gentry's late-’60s peak.
  8. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    While Booker plays with a certain fury on this self-titled debut, he sings with a leisurely cool. [Sep 2014, p.105]
  9. Aug 25, 2014
    80
    An absolute joy of a debut.
  10. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    A New Orleans-based, Jack White-endorsed 25-yearold with an open sore of a voice and a love of distorted boogie-blues shredding, Booker is grafting new shoots into roots music.
  11. Aug 14, 2014
    80
    Singing with a maturity beyond his years, he crafts hooks that pay homage to Robert Johnson, Sam Cooke and the shambolic punk he grew up listening to.
  12. Aug 18, 2014
    60
    On close examination, his songcraft often stalls at the pupal (but promising) stage, but there is enough chutzpah here to steamroller such reservations.
  13. Aug 14, 2014
    70
    There's artifice in Booker's make-up but the troubled, strutting loner, serving sizzling sides of electrified psyched-swamp blues, is a role he inhabits with conviction and aplomb. [Sep 2014, p.69]

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