BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7,

WHITE LIES FOR DARK TIMES

Let's face it: Jam-scene darling Ben Harper is just Jack Johnson after three mai tais, supplementing bland folk with elevator-friendly funk and soul. But Harper sounds rejuvenated on White Lies, pouring his energy into songs—like "Shimmer and Shine"—that deliver the grit and urgency he desperately needed.

Ben Harper & Relentless7, White Lies for Dark Times [Virgin]

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Let's face it: Jam-scene darling Ben Harper is just Jack Johnson after three mai tais, supplementing bland folk with elevator-friendly funk and soul. But Harper sounds rejuvenated on White Lies, pouring his energy into songs—like "Shimmer and Shine"—that deliver the grit and urgency he desperately needed. Matt Hendrickson

The music video for "Shimmer and Shine"

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