The first thing I have to say is that this album is an instant classic already- you know how ESPN will show a game the very next day on their “ESPN Classic” channel because it’s that good? (See the 2009 Bulls vs. Celtics first round playoff series). Ben Harper with his new band, Relentless7, have made one of the best album’s so far in 2009. This is what rock and roll is all about- it’s raw, soulful and smooth filled with so much energy and passion that you will feel like you are at one of his live shows while you listen in the comfort of your home or car. Beginning with “Number with No Name” until the beautiful ending ballad “Faithfully Remain” you will not be disappointed. The opening track surronds you like a fog, lifts you off the ground and doesn’t let you come down until it’s over. There are blazing hot songs such as “Why Must You Always Dress In Black,” Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)” and the single “Shimmer & Shine” (listen below) that will get you out of your seat- you will not be able to resist. My favorite track “Lay There & Hate Me” has this “R&B, funkadellic disco” groove which is so addicting and it will soon become your favorite as well.
Ben and his mates also play some beautiful ballads which include the incredible “Skin Thin”, the poignant “The Word Suicide” (will remind you of Steve Winwood in his days with Traffic) and the aforementioned “Faithfully Remain” which spotlights Ben’s vocals.
“White Lies for Dark Times” has all that you’re looking for-if you want to rock out-it’s here. If you want to jam with the blues-it’s here. And if you just want to mellow out, that is also here. In my opinion, this will be one of the best recordings in 2009. Run out and buy it now!!!
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