ALEX CaMERON

Forced wit­ness 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums I’m New Here - Aus­tralian song­writer’s lounge act gets se­ri­ous PETER WATTS

It’s never clear quite how straight to take Alex Cameron, who re­leased his de­but, Jump­ing The Shark, in char­ac­ter as a washed-up lounge singer and now claims to be a for­mer le­gal in­ves­ti­ga­tor. Ig­nor­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween tongue and cheek, Forced Wit­ness is a lovely al­bum of ’80s-ish pop, us­ing synth and sax to find the space be­tween Spring­steen and the Bun­ny­men. “Strangers Kiss” is a sub­lime duet with An­gel Olsen, the witty “True Lies” up­dates “Lola” for the in­ter­net age, while “Mar­lon Brando” even gets away with the ex­ten­sive use of bon­gos.

Keigo Oya­mada, aka Cornelius

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