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May
11

BEN HARPER CD REVIEW-SPILLS HIS GUTS, SNAPS THE GROOVE-GIVE TILL IT’S GONE-BY JOHN EMMS

Hands down this may be one of the most important rock recordings of 2011.  By any artist

This is the way John Lennon, Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix made records. Now add Ben Harper.

Harper may be embarrrased by this comparison, but on this cd it holds water.

The title of the album Give Till It’s Gone says it all.  Take every emotion you have been feeling in the last 2 years, write about it, work the groove with your bandmates and friends,  cook it up, stand back and watch that emotion explode.

On the disc’s second song “I Will Not Be Broken” Ben Harper wails as his voice gives way to a massive slide guitar onslaught.

Couple that with the gentle voice singing “We stood in the dark, with our hand’s over each other hearts on Feel Love or the jammming on Spilling Faith with Ringo Starr behind the kit, and even the funky groove of Waiting on a Sign and you have musical and personal revelation.

Oh yeah you remember don’t you?

That’s what musicians used to before all the crap started raining down on us 10 or so years ago.

It’s also a  testament to the fact that the  last 2 years of Harper’s life  have been full of turmoil, and he writes about it.

It should be noted that the groove and attention to detail in the guitar work of Jason Mozersky, and the tandem of Jordan Richardson and Jesse Ingalls (bass and drums) will blow you out of the room.

The new single Rock N Roll Is Free inspired by Neil Young  just kills anytime you play it.

Add to this Danny Kalb’s potent mix (not the Blues Project icon) and yes this cd  is a must have.

JOHN EMMS is a verteran music journalist who hosts a great roots/blues radio show   http://emms.podbean.com/ and rocks out from time to time with www.theshaftmen.com

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