Ben Harper hunkered down in a Paris recording studio with his band the Innocent Criminals to track his new album, "Lifeline," due Aug. 28 via Virgin. The 11-song set was completed in just seven days u
Ben Harper hunkered down in a Paris recording studio with his band the Innocent Criminals to track his new album, "Lifeline," due Aug. 28 via Virgin. The 11-song set was completed in just seven days using only analog equipment.
"I had always wanted to make a record in Paris ... because it's Paris," Harper says. "And I had always wanted to make a record directly coming off of a tour. It just makes sense. You've got all your best equipment and your musical abilities are never as sharp or as heightened as when you've been consistently on the road."
The follow-up to last year's "Both Sides of the Gun" begins with the soulful "Fight Outta You" and continues in a loose, expressive style throughout. Other highlights include the happy-go-lucky "Say You Will" and "Put It on Me," the regretful ballad "Fool for a Lonesome Train" and the piano-tinged "Having Wings."
Harper, who performs tonight (May 4) in Claremont, Calif., will be on the road throughout the summer, including some dates with Tom Morello's the Nighwatchman project. He will also appear at Lollapalooza in early August in Chicago.
In addition, Harper's cover of John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" will be released June 12 on the Warner Bros. charity album "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign."
Here is the track list for "Lifeline":
"Fight Outta You"
"In the Colors"
"Fool for a Lonesome Train"
"Needed You Tonight"
"Say You Will"
"Younger Than Today"
"Put It on Me"
"Heart of Matters"
"Paris Sunrise #7"