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Get Up!

by Ben Harper

Get Up! by Ben Harper

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Get Up!

by Ben Harper

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Label: Stax
It's refreshing to hear Harper ditch his role as husky-voiced balladeer and unload a set of blues-rock that has more in common with North Mississippi Allstars than it does Starbucks-brand folk-pop. With Charlie Musselwhite's mouth-harp skronk forcing his voice out of its comfort zone, the singer teeters on the verge of collapse for most of the album, but especially on bad-vibes house-rocker "Blood Side Out" and the Peckinpah-stained "I Ride at Dawn." Another keeper is "I Don't Believe a Word You Say," an anguished plea that makes one think Harper's referring to estranged wife Laura Dern.

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It's refreshing to hear Harper ditch his role as husky-voiced balladeer and unload a set of blues-rock that has more in common with North Mississippi Allstars than it does Starbucks-brand folk-pop. With Charlie Musselwhite's mouth-harp skronk forcing his voice out of its comfort zone, the singer teeters on the verge of collapse for most of the album, but especially on bad-vibes house-rocker "Blood Side Out" and the Peckinpah-stained "I Ride at Dawn." Another keeper is "I Don't Believe a Word You Say," an anguished plea that makes one think Harper's referring to estranged wife Laura Dern.

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About This Album

It's refreshing to hear Harper ditch his role as husky-voiced balladeer and unload a set of blues-rock that has more in common with North Mississippi Allstars than it does Starbucks-brand folk-pop. With Charlie Musselwhite's mouth-harp skronk forcing his voice out of its comfort zone, the singer teeters on the verge of collapse for most of the album, but especially on bad-vibes house-rocker "Blood Side Out" and the Peckinpah-stained "I Ride at Dawn." Another keeper is "I Don't Believe a Word You Say," an anguished plea that makes one think Harper's referring to estranged wife Laura Dern.