Give Till It's Gone 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… Give Till It's Gone 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… 2011-05-17 Ben Harper Rock Virgin Records
Music Review

Give Till It's Gone (2011)

Ben Harper | NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN Harper's latest
NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN Harper's latest
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 17, 2011; Lead Performance: Ben Harper; Genre: Rock; Production: Virgin Records

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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Originally posted May 11, 2011 Published in issue #1155 May 20, 2011 Order article reprints
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