[pullquote quote=”One part autobiography and one part fiction, ‘Give Till It’s Gone’ is notes on the details of the most interesting parts of my life.” credit=”Ben Harper]Two-time GRAMMY winner, [lastfm]Ben Harper[/lastfm] adds a Beatle to his winning formula on his latest studio album, Give Till It’s Gone, a disc that delivers the long-awaited sound of summertime.
Throughout his near 20-year career he’s developed genuine friendships with many of his musical idols, but above all Ben challenges himself. Harper’s musical endeavors are about as predictable as [lastfm]Jack White’s[/lastfm]. Just last year, he released an album and toured with side-project, [lastfm]Fistful of Mercy[/lastfm] — a collaboration with [lastfm]Dhani Harrison[/lastfm] (yes, George was his dad) and [lastfm]Joseph Arthur[/lastfm].
On his 10th studio album, Ben rejoins his [lastfm]Relentless7[/lastfm] bandmates and extends invitations to [lastfm]Ringo Starr[/lastfm] (who drums on two tracks) and [lastfm]Jackson Browne[/lastfm] (who supplies additional vocals and his L.A. recording studio.)
Even with all that star power, Give Till It’s Gone will sound is as comfortable as ever for any long-time fan. It’s a back to basics record alternating between Harper’s patented pumping rockers and extended eclectic jammy ballads. The sense of nostalgia probably stems as much from the songwriting (simple, straightforward and pure) as it does the production.
[pullquote quote=”‘I wanted to create a fresh sound that was also directly connected to the feel of everything I’ve ever done.” credit=”Ben Harper]
With 16 albums now under his belt and nearly 1/3 of them live, Ben Harper’s music is as synonymous with summertime as [lastfm]Dave Matthews Band[/lastfm]. Harper has always sounded best live, and the main positive of this new album is the authentic feel it has. As the album closing rocker, “Do It For You, Do It For Us” comes grinding to a halt, you can almost hear the crowd roaring its approval. If you’ve yet to see the man live, you need to tune if for this Live concert webcast this Wednesday May 18 from the Ed Sullivan Theater — Live on Letterman beginning 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
[pullquote quote=”Sometimes your mistakes are the greatest moments of growth.” credit=”Ben Harper]
Harper’s trademarked fuzzy wailing slide guitar and lap steel are back in full force as demonstrated on the first single from the album “Rock N’ Roll Is Free”, a blistering bluesy rock number that hits you full force.
Looser and a bit lighter than ’09’s White Lies for Dark Times, Give Till It’s Gone dishes out the pure summertime joy.
1.Don’t Give Up On Me Now
2.I Will Not Be Broken
3.Rock N’ Roll Is Free
7.Get There From Here
8.Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn
9.Waiting On A Sign
10.Dirty Little Lover
11.Do It For You, Do It For Us
Don’t forget to come back right here, Wednesday May 18th to watch Ben Harper Live on Letterman, presented by AT&T.