Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Diamonds on the Inside
Genres: Pop, Rock
Ben Harper Photos More from Ben Harper Fight for Your Mind Both Sides of the Gun Welcome to the Cruel World Live From Mars The Will to Live Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Listen to Samples
Ben Harper Photos More from Ben Harper
Fight for Your Mind
Both Sides of the Gun
Welcome to the Cruel World
Live From Mars
The Will to Live
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Warning about the CD, not the music!
M. S. Hillis | Lynnwood, WA | 03/21/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, this review will not address the actual MUSIC on this disc, which is up to Harper's usual platinum standard of songwriting and musicianship.No, this is intended to be a warning that this CD has been laced with copy-protect technology that prevents those who paid for it from making MP3s and whatnot. It also prevents you from even listening to the disc on a computer except by using an extremely low-quality proprietary player that limits the quality to just 48 kbps -- about what you'd get from AM radio.I own hundreds of CDs, and while my buying has slowed in recent years as family commitments and other interests take precedence, I still buy one or two discs a month. This is the first I have run across that does this. I am stunned. I bought a portable MP3 player about two years ago, and use it for all my on-the-go listening. With a baby in the house I can't even listen to much music on the home stereo. Ben Harper is perhaps my favorite modern artist, and I am furious that EMI/Virgin have carried out this underhanded assault on consumer fair use rights.A page on the Web site of Virgin Records America confirmed the CD has been booby-trapped. A feedback form on their site did not work. I hope others are as outraged as I am and put some effort into tracking down how to voice displeasure."
Its ooooh so good...
Jesse J. Morris | Huntington Beach, CA | 04/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As my non catchy title states this album is very good. It's good to see Ben with a new release out. It has been almost 4 years since his last studio release. I can say that the wait was definitely worth it. Ben makes his usual genre jumps all over the record. Its amazing how he (and the IC's) are able to pull this off. So anyway I'll give a brief description of the songs.With My Own Two Hands - First single, reggae, reminds me of one of Ben's influences Bob Marley overall 8/10When its good - acoustic bluesy type song, very good tune. Ben busts out the acoustic slide on this one. 10/10Diamonds On The Inside - great song, remind me of Elvis Costello. 10/10Touch From Your Lust - Nice effects on the guitar, got the Leslie (listen to Hendrix's Angel) effect going, straight foreward rock tune. 8/10When She Believes - Slow ballad type song, strings used, acoustic guitar - pretty good tune 9/10Brown Eyed Blues - The first funky sounding track on the album, pretty cool little bass line to this one. Nice little Bass solo on this also. I love this song. 10/10Bring The Funk - This is an all out funk track, but I don't really like it to much. 6/10Everything - another acoustic type song (has bass and percussion in it), bluesy feel to it, uplifting though - 8/10Amen Omen - my favorite song on the album. Well crafted acoustic song. Best song Ben has written in a long time. 15/10Temporary Remedy - straight ahead rock song. I think it needs to grow on me. 6/10So High So Low - This is the Led Zep song of the album. Gonna be a great live song. 10/10Blessed to be A Witness - Ben's voice is the highlight of this song. Mellow song. Beautiful. 10/10Picture of Jesus - Acapella type song, just percussion and vocals. Good song but I'm not really feeling it. 7/10She's Only Happy in the Sun - Ender of the album, is kind on weak to end the album on. I'm sure it'll grow on me. 6/10If you like singer/songwriters at least check Ben out. If you've never heard Ben before buy "Life From Mars" the double live set. First half electric, second half solo acoustic.Peace."
Diamonds throughout the album!
jjiggabyte | New York, NY USA | 03/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have every one of Ben Harper's Albums, and I can honestly say that "Diamonds on the Inside" does everything but disappoint. From the opening "With My Own Two Hands", Harper hits you with a rythmic reggae beat, ultimately making one feel that he/she too can change the world. One of my favorites on the album however is "Brown Eyed Blues". With a funky beat that even James Brown would appreciate, this track is ideal for a "Friday night before the bar pump up session". Harper's spirituality, welcomed and respected, is beautifully conveyed through songs such as "Picture of Jesus" and "Amen Omen", as well as "When She Believes". Ben Harper is truly one of the best singer/song writer/musicians in this day and age, and it's a shame that he recieves no where near the acclaim that he has proved he deserves. While he may lose some fire in the studio as compared to the live stage, Ben Harper takes one on a funky, spiritual ride, with Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix ever present in the rear-view."