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Ben Harper & Criminals confirm comeback album

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will release their first album in eight years on April 8, they’ve confirmed.

Call It What It Is, the follow-up to 2007’s Grammy-nominated Lifeline, is described as “an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from one of popular music’s most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles.”

Recording sessions came after a successful reunion tour earlier this year. The outfit will embark on another extensive run of shows in New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada ahead of its release.

Harper recently said: “Making music again with the Innocent Criminals has been a priority for a while now. I was time.”

Call It What It Is arrives via Stax Records.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.