Kyle Anderson
May 11, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Give Till It's Gone

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ben Harper
music label
81579
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

Now in his 40s and on the rocks with actress wife Laura Dern, Harper finally sounds as weathered and tortured as his songs have always aspired to be. The heartbreak on Give Till It’s Gone is savage and genuine, and the new Tom Petty-esque hitches in his voice lend blustery songs like ”I Will Not Be Broken” and ”Dirty Little Lover” a rare combination of resilience and sadness, with plenty of room left over for house-on-fire soloing. A?

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