Album cover for Ben Harper with black vinyl record popping outSinger-songwriter-guitarist Ben Harper’s genre-traversing body of work now includes this personal and thought-provoking album, which asks serious questions about the issues currently confronting the artist – and all of us.

With sparse musical backings which vary from song to song, Harper confronts global warming (Below Sea Level, which features a capella vocals from Harper and a gospel choir), Black Lives Matter and the critical urgency in addressing the wounds of slavery (We Need To Talk About It), domestic violence (Problem Child), and a nod to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, titled Where Did We Go Wrong.

This powerful collection of songs continues Harper’s long history as one of his generation’s most potent protest singers.

Bloodline Maintenance by Ben Harper is out now via Chrysalis.

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