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Since the start of his career, Ben Harper has aimed to make music that transcends time and place. He wants little to do with pop music; he'd rather write from the soul. After meeting harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite at a 1997 John Lee Hooker session, Harper kept in touch. The two have worked together when possible, leading to this album: a perfect marriage of sounds and passions. "Don't Look Twice" opens with just acoustic guitar, harmonica, and voice, yet it sounds so full that when the band crashes in for the first chorus it comes as a complete shock. The handclaps emphasize the joyful musical setting behind the gospel-blues and sadness of "We Can't End This Way." Musselwhite cranks up an electrified harmonica to keep pace with the hard-rocking "I Don't Believe a Word You Say." This is essentially Harper's platform; he wrote the songs and controls the pace. Yet Musselwhite keeps things rooted with his bluesy playing. Together for "You Found Another Lover (I Lost Another Friend)," they play as two musical friends sharing a moment of truth.

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Straight up Blues!

This is one release I've been looking forward to for awhile, and Harper/Musselwhite don't disappoint. I particularly like the softer tracks of Don't Look Twice, You Found Another Lover, and All That Matters Now. In a world dominated by bubble-gum pop, it's refeshing to hear some real musicians in Harper and Mussewhite at work.

Sweet

Gotta love Ben on this album! Soulful and so full of great blues. What a great compliment to record with a phenomenal harmonica player. Way to go Ben! Great matchup and so glad to see another artist not sell out!

Blue at its Best

If the blues speak to you, this album will shout, will move you. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite collaborate here to make something very special. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Biography

Born: October 28, 1969 in Claremont, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining funky, groove-laden soul with handcrafted acoustic folk-rock, Ben Harper enjoyed cult status during the course of the '90s before gaining wider attention toward the decade's end. As a young artist, he drew his influences from classic singer/songwriters, blues revivalists, guitar slingers, and jam bands like Blues Traveler and Phish, which meant he was embraced by critics and college kids alike. Despite finding commercial success with the radio single "Steal My Kisses" in 2000, Harper continued...
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