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  • Summary: The third full-length release for British singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine was self-produced.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Mojo
    Oct 31, 2022
    80
    It retains the singer's inherent quirks while offering a more accessible sound. [Dec 2022, p.87]
  2. 80
    And I Have Been glides like a meticulous record full of cryptic, meaningful occurrences. Even if it’s unadorned, it still clicks.
  3. Oct 31, 2022
    80
    As so many are today, it’s a lockdown special, and this shows both in its more ambitious production and its slight air of self-indulgence.
  4. Oct 31, 2022
    80
    And I Have Been is a more straightforwardly elegant listen than I Tell a Fly. Melodies abound, orchestral elements trade off with electronics, and Clementine’s still-startling voice, an elastic tenor capable of shock and awe as well as succour, is front and centre.
  5. Dec 2, 2022
    75
    Still impossible to pigeonhole, his hybrid of classical, chamber pop, baroque, and jazz is as thrilling as ever, while the newly stripped-back arrangements heighten the intimacy of a songwriter seeing himself clearly.
  6. Uncut
    Nov 15, 2022
    70
    [Clemintine] has a rich, resonant baritone which adds gravitas to every note. It is also, perhaps, a trick to his songwriting: there are big truths about love, self, family and identity buried in this collection, but Clemintine is careful to keep the details to himself. [Jan 2023, p.17]
  7. Nov 2, 2022
    65
    While the more reserved instrumentation of And I Have Been is a comfort, the tracks tend to lose the magnitude that Clementine is so known for. But there’s a deeper comfort in witnessing Clementine find himself in the sparse piano and direct lyricism.
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