Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama have performed together in a live setting for about five years, but "There Will Be a Light" is their first full-length collaboration.

Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama have performed together in a live setting for about five years, but "There Will Be a Light" is their first full-length collaboration. The Boys' gospel vocal greatness and Harper's spiritually informed soul style couldn't be a more natural combination. Some of the tracks lean in a Blind Boys direction, such as "Take My Hand" and "Well Well Well," while Harper takes the lead on others ("Wicked Man," "Satisfied Man"). The combination reaches a soaring fever pitch on the hand-clappin', toe-tappin' closer, "Church on Time." Recorded in just eight days, the album crackles with inspiration and oozes with mutual respect. There's no quick-buck, evangelical scheme behind this set, and one need not be religious to see the light exposed here.—BAJ