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Customer Reviews

Hit and miss

This is his most solid album, despite a lack of any huge hits. The song Everything is genuninely a great song, but it doesn't get recognized as one of his bigger hits.

Even though this is more consistent than his other albums, it still suffers from his trademark downfall. The album is too eclectic. He jumps from style to style leaving almost no unifying theme. He suffers from album A.D.D. There's at least 8 different styles at play here. Some of his styles are great. He almost sounds swampy on one song and then like Bob Marley on another. His best tunes are swampy, summery, rock, and funk themed songs.

But then he's all the way on the other end of the spectrum with rock songs so hard that it almost sounds like Metal. And on others he's doing slow and/or religious songs with weird vocal effects. His religious and slow songs are the worst. No matter how talented, he can't make all the genres work.

The most true thing that you can say about Ben Harper is that he is as capable of brilliance as he is of dropping total snore fests. He just can't release a whole good album. It's like night and day from one song to the next. His lyrics are also hit and miss.

Don't get me wrong, the guy is full of passion and very capable. His bad songs aren't painful or anything, they're just boring or so in contrast from the previous song that it doesn't sit right. Some artists focus on creating an album and put effort into the theme and how each song fits in its place on the album. Not with Harper, it's a collection of singles slapped together randomly.


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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