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Ben Harper And The Relentless Seven - White Lies For Dark Times Review

CD and Music Reviews are generally self serving. The community as a whole tends to over explain, over analysis and over indulge in their own words. At the DI We have decided that More is less. You simply want to know if the record is good, or if the record is bad. You have choices. Purchase, Download, Steal and Ignore. 

Your choice ultimately affects the band. And while many bands are putting out product that is worth nothing more than ignore or steal Ben Harper's latest, with The Relentless Seven simply does not fall into that category.

There are few artists I make a point to watch when the make the rounds to support the new tunes. Harper is one of those exceptions. I watched him on Letterman. I have seen the 'Live From Abbey Road' Sessions and I will tune in to watch Michael J Fox's special because Ben will be featured - as an OPTIMIST.  I am not sure there is a song Harper could sing that wouldn't shake me to the core. His voice is innocence and pain. The music has always been too diverse to classify. Rock - Yes! Reggae - Yes! Blues - Yes! Gospel - Yes! Country - Well maybe that "alt rock" tab. Ben has remained truly genre free.

However, that all changes with 'White Lies For Dark Times'. This isn't just an ear shattering record, it is a statement. That Ben Harper by any other name is a ROCK God. He may be Rock's only PURE hope. The Lp starts with a Southern Rock and Blues Influenced number 'Number With No Name' and has you swaying from the get go....."Everything that drives you...can drive you insane..."

The style changes slightly and sways back and forth from all you expect from Ben. Standouts include the first single 'Shimmer and Shine' (which I WAITED IN LINE ON NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY TO GET THE 10" SINGLE) which kicks your butt from start to finish with a gorgeous melody stuck right in the middle.

'Lay there And Hate Me' Would not be out of place among the motown edge of the MID 70's. A fighting, anthemic piece that had me standing and shaking me fist as I was typing.

Personally, I love when Ben slows it down, so 'Skin thin' is one of my favorites. a beautiful backing chorus, simple but elegant carries the pain of a man making choices.

Making Choices is what you need to do when you listen or purchase music. I could review every song on the disc and give it a glaring review. I like Ben Harper enough to go out and PURCHASE this LP (even though the record company provided me a free download). You need to go out and do the same. If you need to expose Ben to your friends - do so - but make them go out and buy this LP.

Rating: Purchase 9 out of 10 Stars.



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