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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Australian indie singer-songwriter features a guest appearance by Angel Olsen and was produced with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado.
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Candy May
Candy May, I think I'm dying Yeah, 'cause I'm frail and I'm tired And I constantly complain about the pain I'm in But Candy May, she knows me better,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Uncut
    Sep 6, 2017
    80
    Forced Witness is a lovely album of '80s-ish pop, using synth and sax to find the space between Springsteen and the Bunnymen. [Sep 2017, p.24]
  2. Sep 11, 2017
    78
    The album displays a pop prowess that Cameron’s debut only hinted at--these songs are as effortlessly catchy as they are eminently creepy. And Cameron’s songwriting has only turned more acerbic and outrageous.
  3. Sep 14, 2017
    75
    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.
  4. Sep 22, 2017
    70
    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.
  5. Oct 12, 2017
    60
    Cameron could be a pop contender, but the masks that make the man are as much barrier as blessing here.
  6. Sep 6, 2017
    60
    Forced Witness is perhaps too heavily grounded in the sounds of the decade [early '80s], to the point that a "heard it before" spectre hangs over the album.
  7. Q Magazine
    Sep 6, 2017
    40
    Unfortunately, aside from Stranger's Kiss, the overall level of artifice here is simply too steep to surmount. [Oct 2017, p.100]

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