15 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

London-born Benjamin Clementine spent time homeless and busking in Paris, and his voice betrays an urgency to stop passers-by in their tracks. Rich, dramatic, and magnetic, it’s the centerpiece of his debut album. Sparsely accompanied by piano, restrained drums, and occasional strings, it would be a blunt tool without the swooping melodies and poetic lyricism of “London” and “Cornerstone” however, and impish approaches to rhythm and song-shape augment Clementine’s arresting talent.

EDITORS’ NOTES

London-born Benjamin Clementine spent time homeless and busking in Paris, and his voice betrays an urgency to stop passers-by in their tracks. Rich, dramatic, and magnetic, it’s the centerpiece of his debut album. Sparsely accompanied by piano, restrained drums, and occasional strings, it would be a blunt tool without the swooping melodies and poetic lyricism of “London” and “Cornerstone” however, and impish approaches to rhythm and song-shape augment Clementine’s arresting talent.

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