On his previous records, folk-rocker Ben Harper has always provided equal parts of rock n roll balanced with more introspective moments. For his latest record, he has teamed up with a new backing band and on their joint “debut”, they run through 11 tracks steeped in ballsy bluesy rock n roll with their guitars exploring volume levels of 10 and up. Shimmer and Shine, the record’s first single and video illustrates this quite capably, as do other tracks like Why Must You Always Dress In Black and Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart). Wisely, even Harper realizes that the balance between the loud and the not so loud he has found on previous records plays a crucial role in defining who he is and with that, songs like The Word Suicide and Faithfully Remain are important catalysts in helping Harper achieve that balance on White Lies For Dark Times.
This is a fantastic record that should show appeal to established Harper fans while it might also bring some new recruits on board.