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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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Get this!

Don't think twice, get up, get this! What a way to start the year, one of the finest blues alt recordings ever. The supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist Harper teams with Louisiana Gator Boys star and blues harp legend Musselwhite. Together they play those blues hard and mean, with Harper's nod to folk, Gospel and rock, a grind that screams Classic.


Buy it. Don't hesitate. Buy it. I'm speechless.


Ben Harper never comes up short. With the help of Charlie Musselwhite, the two pair up to create a great album. This is a must buy!


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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