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Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now

Dramatic and unique singer-songwriter

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Release date
30 March 2015
Label
Barclay/Virgin EMI

Background

Benjamin Clementine’s bohemian and at times difficult Parisian past has lent him an almost mythic quality. In keeping with this, the Londoner’s debut album is a spell-binding introduction to an atypical singer-songwriter.

Clementine’s broad tenor voice dominates At Least For Now, sweeping at will between the extremes of his range to deliver a dramatic and often despairing lyricism. Underneath this, his accompanying piano arrangements help give the record a soulfulness that feels both raw and studied.

Previously shortlisted?

No.

What the critics say

"Clementine's voice is a force to be reckoned with – throaty, powerful, and theatrical to the point of histrionic – and his piano-playing bears all the hallmarks of unorthodoxy you would expect from a successful autodidact." - The Quietus

"by turns bold, brave, beautiful and at times quite brilliant." - The Guardian

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