Throwback Track: “Old Hearts,” by Benjamin Booker

By Oluseyi Olomodosi, Photo via beardedgentlemenmusic.com

Electric and brazen, Benjamin Booker’s track, “Old Hearts” off of his self-titled 2014 debut album is the perfect song to stir you from the dullness that winter brings. Drums pound, a guitar shrieks, and above it all, Booker croons in a way that is just as much hollering as it is singing. The song sounds youthful and it is impossible to listen to it without tapping your fingers, or nodding your head to the beat. It’s the kind of song that wakes you up when you’re feeling sluggish. But in a stark contrast to the youthful energy of the upbeat music, the lyrics, like many of the songs on that album, are somewhat dark. In different parts of the song, Booker laments decayed relationships, asks for the comfort of loyalty, and wonders if things will be okay. Overall, with its sombre lyrics, raspy vocals, and blaring guitars, the song serves as a good introduction to the work of Benjamin Booker, who released a second album (with a more soul/gospel sound) last June. Some of my other favourites from his debut are “Kids Never Grow Older,” “Wicked Waters,” and, “I Thought I Heard You Screaming.”

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