Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Ben Harper and Relentless7 - White Lies for Dark Times

Just released today, the new Ben Harper and Relentless7 CD - White Lies for Dark Times is certainly a step in a different direction for Ben. He is now playing with a band that plays a little harder on the rock side than we usually hear from Ben.

There songs really do mix it up from a really rockin' style to the Stevie Ray Vaughn blues rock and some of the more mellow stuff. I have seen them and heard them live several times over the past month with some shows being broadcast on the internet and radio. The one thing I will say is you really get a different feel of the songs in a studio format and they are crisp & tight! The garage band is back a rockin' it out!

I actually ordered the cd through Ben's site and bought the CD/DVD Deluxe version, but have yet to watch the Danny Clinch Documentary. I will certainly check it out soon. There was a 6 song bonus EP of some live performances that came along with the cd. I have heard some of them from live recordings, but it's a nice bonus to have and again be able to listen to some live remaster works of the band.

Over the years the one thing that has always bugged me about Virgin Records, is that outside of their one live cd, they have not allowed Ben to produce and release copies of live performances like many other bands do today. I really would love to see a lot more live Ben Harper material in a remastered format.

Ben's tour has been mainly playing the songs from the new cd as well as Under Pressure the Queen - David Bowie tune. He has said he won't be going back to the old songs on this tour, but I hope that's not for the future, there's too much good music out there by Ben!

Great CD, I would highly recommend going out and getting it.

Track List:

1. Number with No Name
2. Up to You Now
3. Shimmer and Shine
4. Lay There and Hate Me
5. Why Must You Always Dress in Black
6. Skin Thin
7. Fly One Time
8. Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
9. Boots Like These
10. Word Suicide, The
11. Faithfully Remain

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