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Format: CD
Sku: 210827414
UPC: 099926478623
UPC 14: 05099926478623
Release Date: 5/5/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Number with No Name ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
2. Up to You Now ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
3. Shimmer and Shine ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
4. Lay There and Hate Me ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
5. Why Must You Always Dress in Black ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
6. Skin Thin ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
7. Fly One Time ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
8. Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart) ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
9. Boots Like These ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
10. Word Suicide, The ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
11. Faithfully Remain ~ Ben Harper and Relentless7/Ben Harper
In a hostile sea of disposable, throwaway singles, Ben Harper and Relentless7 have made a true album. 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.

On the raucous opening track, "Number with No Name," Harper bellows "the very thing that drives you -- can drive you insane" over an infectious guitar line and a deftly serious groove that both thumps and propels the listener. The band then brings the listener full circle in the closing track "Faithfully Remain," as Harper sings, "the truth just wastes away in all we can't explain, but I faithfully remain."

The beauty of these lyrics works as a breathtaking release which balances out the anthemic urgency of songs such as "Shimmer and Shine" and "Up to You Now," both of which are surely soon to be familiar staples at radio. This is American rock, the way it is supposed to sound and feel.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ben Harper (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Jason Mozersky (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, piano, background vocals); Jesse Ingalls (harp, piano, Wurlitzer organ, background vocals); Jordan Richardson (vibraphone, drums, congas, shaker, tambourine, percussion, background vocals); Oliver Charles (drums); C.C. White (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Chris Steffen; Danny Kalb; Chris Owens.
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Greg Calbi.
Muze PNote Recording information: Eldorado Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Danny Clinch.

Producer: Ben Harper & Restless7; Danny Kalb; Ben Harper; Ben Harper & Restless7; Danny Kalb; Ben Harper

Engineer: Danny Kalb; Danny Kalb

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Muze Music Compilations Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne
Muze Music Compilations Longest Ride (Original Soundtrack)
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Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
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Muze Music Compilations World Wide Rebel Songs(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Thefearofmissingout
Muze Music Compilations From Here To Now To You
Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations Mind Control

Associated Artists and Works

Freund, Tom
Childhood Home [Slipcase] ~ Harper, Ellen
Relentless 7
White Lies For Dark Times [Digipak] ~ Relentless 7
White Lies for Dark Times ~ Relentless7

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/27/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDVUS 296
Music Label Name Label : Virgin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 05099926478623

Professional Reviews

Billboard (p.29)
- "The eyes-closed, fist-shaking, prayer-through-song side of Harper often comes through, most effectively on 'It's Up to You,' a slow-building tsunami of sound."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ben Harper has always seemed a man out of time....[D]renched in Vietnam War-era blues rock..."


Ben Harper and Relentless7

In what may possibly be the greatest "how the band formed" story ever, Ben Harper met guitarist Jason Mozersky in the late nineties, when the lead singer of Mozersky's then band, Wan Santo Condo was working as a van driver shuttling bands back and forth to the venue for a Texas promoter (The three members of the 7 all hail from Texas). The part time driver, part time musician took a risk that all artists must take at some point in their lives in order to succeed. He asked the then captive Harper, "Can I play you my demo?" Harper obliged, and in his own words "was blown away," and helped the band secure a record deal and release the self-titled Wan Santo Condo (2004, Everloving Records). The band broke up after one record, but what survived was a lasting friendship between Harper and Mozersky.

In 2005, Harper began recording sessions that would become a double record entitled Both Sides of the Gun (2006, Virgin Records). He invited his now long time friend Mozersky to lay down some guitar work on a track. Upon invitation to continue recording the next day, Jason arrived at the studio with longtime friends, drummer Jordan Richardson and bassist Jesse Ingalls. The session would spawn not only the song "Serve Your Soul" but the framework for Relentless7.

In the summer of 2008, the chance arrived for these four uniquely talented members to reunite in the studio and dig deeper into the chemistry that was born during the Both Sides of the Gun sessions. It was soon apparent that their instincts were correct as the record quickly began to take shape. The songs from White Lies for Dark Times sound off with both the vast musical depth and experience of Harper, while commanding the pure urgency and intensity of an unknown band fighting for its life. This is clear in the song "Fly One Time" with the lyric "I'm caught in between what I can't leave behind, and what I may never find" where Ben Harper and Relentless7 capture universal emotion while the song pulsates into a bass, drum and electric guitar anthem that would captivate any arena and crush any small club.

In November 2008, the band debuted their new material on the Vote for Change Tour, where they also breathed new life into the Queen/David Bowie classic "Under Pressure," which has since become a staple of their live set. They ended the year cutting their teeth with a series of small club shows from famed venues such as Spaceland and The Mint in Los Angeles, to The Mercury Lounge and Kenny's Castaway in NYC. Ben Harper and Relentless7 intelligently has one foot in Harper's past while every other limb and appendage reach towards the future. Any preconceptions or misconceptions in regards to a "Ben Harper sound" must now be adjusted, or thrown out all together. With Ben Harper and Relentless7, the story of modern rock music is now being rewritten.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Harper,Ben And Rele
Product attributeLabel:   Virgin Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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