“White Lies For Dark Times”
Ben Harper’s new album and first with new band The Relentless7, is due for release on May 5th, but like a lot of albums at the moment, it got leaked. They recently backed Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr at a benefit concert, which lead on to the very funny, yet cringe-worthy TV moment on Sunrise with Kochie.
This album is Ben Harper’s 10th studio album and his first with band The Relentless7, ‘White Lies For Dark Times’ is, for the most part electric and it sounds like a more diverse ‘Both Sides of The Gun’ (The Electric Disc). The togetherness of the band is amazing and this is probably due to the band already playing with Ben Harper, which shows on the end recording.
The opening track, ‘Number With No Name’, has a real groove to it and really showcases a new more rocking band. The slide-guitar solo is a part of the song that you have to hear, because it makes the song sound instantly like Ben Harper. The song gets the album off to a great start, which is then built on.
The first three tracks are amazing, especially ‘Shimmer & Shine’, which is one the more energetic and fast-paced songs Ben Harper has written. It starts off at an immense pace and never really slows down, the driving drum beat the main proponent.
The one criticism I could give the album is that it losses it pace, which is in part due to the placing of the song ‘Fly One Time’, which is a good song, but it just doesn’t do anything to make it’s place on the album worthwhile. The album is almost one of the best albums Ben Harper has made, but the execution of the album could have been a lot better and this would have benefited the album greatly.
I really enjoyed the album, and really, if you are going to get picky, then Ben Harper isn’t really the artist for you. The songs on the album are among his best and if you are a fan you’ll find this album to be solid.
If you enjoy the music of Ben Harper, then you’ll probably enjoy this album. If you like songs over albums, then you’ll love this album. If you enjoy whole albums then, I recommend you go to their MySpace page, where their album is streaming, because it may not be your cup of tea.