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White Lies For Dark Times

White Lies For Dark Times

27 Apr 2009
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: ℗ 2009 Virgin Records America, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Virgin Records America, Inc., Capitol Records, LLC, 150 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. © 2009 Virgin Records America, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 47:15
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  • ASIN: B0026FLUIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,417 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Having come to Ben Harper in the last few years, have to say I'm constantly impressed by his music. This latest album is full of everything - rock, soul, bit of folk and each song is powerful and is a stand-out. However, my favourites are "Shimmer & Shine", "Up to You", "Skin Thin", "Fly One Time", "Suicide" but all other songs are equally fantastic. You won't be disappointed - once you hear Ben Harper, you'll be a fan for life - I know I am. Saw him at Hark Rock Calling a few weeks ago in Hyde Park & can't wait for him and the Relentless 7 to come back to London - their energy & soulfulness got the crowd going and they are wonderful live. Enjoy!
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Ben Harper has now released 9 studio albums and his latest, "White Lies For Dark Times" is one of his best. The album is exciting and blends many of the styles he has used on his previous efforts. You can hear doses of great rock, blues, folk, pop and funk on this release.

The album starts off with a rock stomper "Number With No Name" and follows with the equally impressive "Up To You Now". "Shimmer & Shine" is another strong fast paced rock anthem. "Lay There & Hate Me" is a pleasant bluesy track. A switch in tempo and the album veers into soft rock territory with the beautifully written ballad "Skin Thin" and the catchy mid tempo track "Fly One Time". "Keep It Together" adds funk to the mix and "Faithfully Remain" closes the album beautifully, being a catchy rock tinged pop song.

The only two tracks that are a little too predictible are the blues orientated tracks "Why Must You Always Dress In Black" and "Boots Like These". This is a style that Ben Harper has used too often, noteably on 2004's "There Will Be A Light" and 2007's "Lifeline". "The Word Suicide" is a little dull and depressing, but strong musically.

It has been quite some time since Ben Harper has released a near flawless album. After nearly 20 years in the business, he still manages to produce great music to add to his already impressive collection.
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Ben Harper has teamed up with the hard rocking relentless7 and has produced his best album for years. Each tune is catchy and the lyrics as always are deeply though-provoking.

Favorite tracks, Number with no name, Shimmer and shine, skin thin, fly one time, faithfully remain and lay there.

Brilliant R7!
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Just want to play devils advocate, because if I read the other reviews here then bought the album, I would've been really disappointed. Ben traded in one of the best live bands ever (the Innocent Criminals) for this pub band. The drummer is great, the bass player is non-descript, and the guitarist is so boring, his tone is so bland and his parts are just uninspiring, I'm sure one of the reasons for this is because he wasn't aloud to overshadow Ben. Shimmer And Shine is a great rock/pop song and the album could've used a few more like it. I really get the impression that Ben is trying too hard to be too many things, when actually he should just go off by himself and find his sound, not Jimi's, not Zeppelins, Not Marvin's but Ben's sound.
As far as I'm concerned Ben has been on a downward spiral for his last two albums, and this is really the bottom. This album sounds rushed & mishmashie.
"Boots Like These" is a nice little jam but they could've done so much more with it.
I've been a Ben fan since the Beginning, and I can safely say that this is his worst album, and he's a fool if he makes anther album with Relentless 7.
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Ben Harper has a great voice,writes great material,but there's more he's varies his style so much.Fabulous albums with the Blind Boys of Alabamna and the Innocent Criminals now we get this absolute gem of a release.This surely has got to be among the best releases of the year.At times theres echoes of North Mississippi All Stars,at other times Black Keys at other times Gomez yet at its heart BH has produced a totally captivating original album throughout that really does need to be heard.There's no fillers here just class from beginning to end,a mix of grungy blues,gospel,rock and a whole lot more in an intoxicating mix that will see it in your CD player over and over again.Pure class by one of the biggest talents around who just keeps on getting better.If you get the chance go and see the band at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park this summer they are supporting Neil Young.
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I am a Ben Harper Fan! I have all the albums but this one is one of the Best! Ben Harper in this album plays with a different Band from the older albums! Relentless Band is more Rocky than the Innocent Criminals so this give to Ben Harper a New Refresh - Really Good songs - 5 stars
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