Welcome to the Cruel World
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||The Three of Us||Ben Harper||2:35||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Whipping Boy||Ben Harper||5:31||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Breakin' Down||Ben Harper||4:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Don't Take That Attitude to Your Grave||Ben Harper||4:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Waiting On an Angel||Ben Harper||3:53||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Mama's Got a Girlfriend Now||Ben Harper||2:29||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Forever||Ben Harper||3:24||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Like a King||Ben Harper||4:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Pleasure and Pain||Ben Harper||3:47||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Walk Away||Ben Harper||3:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||How Many Miles Must We March||Ben Harper||3:08||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Welcome to the Cruel World||Ben Harper||5:37||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I'll Rise||Ben Harper||6:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|
The full range of Ben Harper's influences would not come to bear until later albums, but his debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, lays a strong foundation. "Like a King" and "Take That Attitude to Your Grave" burn with a political conviction rarely heard during the 1990s. "Forever" has a tenderness which demonstrates Harper's emotional range. Lackluster hippie jams that cultivated his early following may have served a purpose but feel fluffy by comparison when compared to the meatier tracks. Ben closes the album with a song that frequently closes his concerts, "I'll Rise." This song, built around Maya Angelou's 1979 poem "And Still I Rise," reminds one of art's ability to pierce through society, self, and the soul.
My favorite of his
Ben Harper has had one of the most amazing careers in music history ever. I honestly can’t name an album from him I don’t like. But there is something about this album holds a special place in my heart over any of his other works. I strongly recommend it to anybody who loves folk and soul music. This album makes this cruel world a step closer to be better world.
So much heart put into this album. I listen to it all the time when I'm feeling down or just want to listen to something mellow and conscious.
Born: October 28, 1969 in Claremont, CA
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Ben Harper
- Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Music, Rock, American Trad Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Jam Bands, Adult Alternative
- Released: Feb 12, 1994
- ℗ 1994 Virgin Records America, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Virgin Records America, Inc., 150 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011.