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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) Relentless 7. 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B001T9IO1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Colin Spence on May 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Compton on May 7, 2009
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I'm a big fan of Ben Harper, especially his live albums. This is his best studio effort to date, that's good considering he's been recording for 15 years. This is a great straight up rock record, it really has the energy of his live shows. The new band has helped Harper re-invent himself with a more rock-blues sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
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White Lies For Dark Times marks change in direction for Ben Harper. Gone are The Innocent Criminals with Relentless7 in their place. The changes that result from this are great, but that is by no means a knock on The Innocent Criminals (see my review of Lifeline for further discussion). However, Ben Harper is a versatile musician, and he has shown that he can deliver in multiple styles with White Lies For Dark Times being the most recent evidence.

Relentless7 is a three piece backing for Harper, and their sound has a much more electric emphasis than Lifeline. White Lies For Dark Times also has a darker sound, and Harper is nowhere near as upbeat. Harper's lyrics carry a sense of desperation and angst as shown by "There's nowhere to run/I've got no one to tell/My face has become a mask/And I'm not wearing it well" from "Number With No Name" or "Arms that hold you close/Are the arms that hold you back/While your world is under attack" from "Up To You Now". Other examples come from "Lay There & Hate Me" "I feel like an underpaid concubine/Who's overstayed her welcome" and "The Word Suicide" "The word suicide is irresponsible/Still you offer me a gun". It is clear that Harper is expressing a harsher reality than he did on Lifeline.

The change in lyrics is balanced with the change in sound from Relentless7. Jason Mozersky is a very good guitarist, and his use of distortion, fuzz, and "wah wah" pedals gives the instrumentation an edge that matches the lyrics of the songs. Harper's vocal delivery is also different. The first time I listened to the CD, the third verse of "Up To You Now" stuck with me as all the instruments are silent while he earnestly delivers the following lines in his upper register "There's no sound louder than war/And we don't have tomorrow any more".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Storlie on May 6, 2009
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I pre-ordered this album off of Ben's website in order to get a bonus Live EP, which was worth the extra $$. As soon as I saw that this came out yesterday on Amazon at $3.99, I quickly told all of my friends to get it before the deal runs out. Even so, it is worth every penny you'll end up spending on it! For Ben fans, it is a no-brainer and a must-have. For those not familiar with Ben Harper, he is an amazing musician - both recorded and performing live (a true test of a musician). I love it when artists re-invent themselves, which Ben has done here by playing with new musicians aside from The Innocent Criminals (also incredible musicians). So I was excited when I saw this coming out, and rushed to pre-order it. It came a day early on Monday, and I haven't stopped listening to it since - on my iPod on my commute and at work, in the car, on my computer at home. This album flat out ROCKS! Kudos to Ben for trying something different, mixing it up, and hitting it out of the park! I'll be listening to this album for the foreseeable future, and can't see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill on May 10, 2009
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I'd never heard of Ben Harper before despite having a huge blues / rock collection of CDs. It was getting pretty tough finding anything new to add to the stack - seems like most of the old big names have been putting out apathetic, same o, same o stuff or releasing ancient relics that one tires of after a few spins. Just listening to the sound bites sold me on this disc. The artist is original, creative and powerful. At last something that is refreshingly new to enjoy and absorb. Way to go Ben - keep up the great work!
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