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White Lies For Dark Times
Ben Harper & Relentless7
White Lies For Dark Times
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1

2009 release, the ninth studio album from acclaimed singer/songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Ben Harper. Harper has now reunited with band mates met when recording Both Sides of the Gun (2006) Relentless7. White Lies For ...  more »

     

CD Details

All Artists: Ben Harper & Relentless7
Title: White Lies For Dark Times
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Virgin Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 5/5/2009
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Contemporary Folk, Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative, Blues Rock, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 400000015019, 5099926478623

Synopsis

Album Description
2009 release, the ninth studio album from acclaimed singer/songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Ben Harper. Harper has now reunited with band mates met when recording Both Sides of the Gun (2006) Relentless7. White Lies For Dark Times is a timeless Rock record, with a cohesive collection of music that is as raw, unrelenting and thunderous, as it is arrestingly haunting and emotional.

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Member CD Reviews

Tom A. (CTA4him) from ANDERSON, SC
Reviewed on 10/19/2014...
Another good one from Ben. This is not his best by any means but, this doesn't one disappoint.

CD Reviews

Ben Harper rocks hard again!
J. Polsgrove | Baja Arizona | 05/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I became a Ben Harper fan with Fight for Your Mind. I liked the Live From Mars 2-CD release, one of which was acoustic, while the other was electric. When he goes electric, Harper rocks. Unfortunately, the last few CDs I've passed on, as they sound like Ben Harper on valium. I can only take so much soft, gentle music. He lost me at Diamonds on the Inside.

With this release, Ben Harper seems to have dumped the valium, so to speak, and comes blasting back to life. Every song blasts from the speakers! BEN ROCKS! Even the few relatively slow songs have a power to them that has been lacking.

Right now, this is available as a download for $3.99. I'd previewed it before today and was going to download it, no matter what the cost. At $3.99, it's a bargain.

New life and energy has been breathed into Ben Harper. Whoeveer the Relentless7 are, they kick Ben into high gear! This is the best Harper CD since Fight for Your Mind. Get it, get it, get it!"
Rock 'n' Roots - with added funk; play loud!
Colin Spence | Formby, UK | 05/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ben Harper teams up with a Texas trio known by the somewhat confusing name of 'Relentless7' - but anyway, even if they can't count, they sure know how to rock. Most of the songs are blues-rockers, whereby you get a generous helping of fuzzed-up electric slide and a good dose of wah wah enhanced electric lead - and the music is all held together by a tight and funky rhythm section. However, the album isn't all ballsy blues and frenzied funk - with a few numbers, BH slows down the tempo to give the listener a sprinkling of his more familiar neo-roots music. Most of the songs have pretty good lyrics too.

Those tunes that really do the business for me are : 'Number With No Name', 'Shimmer & Shine', 'Lay There and Hate Me', 'Why Must You Always Dress In Black', 'Skin Thin' and 'Keep It Together'; the rest aren't bad either, with just a couple that don't quite 'get there' for me.

I didn't think they made music like this anymore (the major influences are obvious - Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Rolling Stones). Anyone who likes their music with a lot of balls should enjoy this album, with its super-charged playing and BH's soulful vocals (as another reviewer mentions, occasionally sounding a little like Stevie Wonder). Also, if you're 'getting on a bit' (like me) and hanker for that pre-arena, classic psych-tinged blues-rock sound from yesteryear, then you might want to lend an ear to this album - it's a frightfully decent record.
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