Can I get a witness?! The president is back with a full album and soul fans have waited.
Samson For President (Martin Bejarano Wahlgren) is here with a groove-laced, guitar-based, string-heavy follow up LP to the much-celebrated debut “Kibiriti”.
11 songs of life truths emotional declarations present a very mature-sounding piece of composition. Live instrumentation mixed with funk breaks and a drive that never stops, even the laidback songs on the album such as the Stax sounding ballad “Hate Being Loved” with its lazy bass patterns manages to keep you nodding your head and enjoy due to the clever arrangement and hard drums, the following track “Get On Top” with it’s driving piano melody is surely one of the standout tracks on this disc.
Good, repetitive hooks are clearly something that comes in doses here: “Stand The Pain”, “I Can Change”, and “Never Knew”. Samson’s and Soulful Mikael’s musical collaborations have never sounded better than in this collection.
9 out of 10 Scandinavians for “Papa’s Old Piano”.