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Give Till It's Gone by Ben Harper
Released: May 2011
Label: Caroline Records
Give Till It's Gone is a muddy flood plain into which Ben Harper spilled his inner torment. This shouldn't come as any surprise, considering the record's making overlapped with his divorce from actor Laura Dern. The shambolic art-rocker "Clearly Severely" lays it all out for listeners: "There is no breath left for words/ They have all been spoken for/ All we say just shatters to the ground." In addition to being the singer-songwriter's most personal release, Give Till It's Gone feels like a conscious stab at a classic rock sound, with both Ringo Starr and Jackson Browne lending their help.
Justin Farrar
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