Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Fight for Your Mind
Genres: Alternative Rock, Blues, Folk, Pop, Rock
Ben Harper Photos More from Ben Harper Diamonds on the Inside Both Sides of the Gun Welcome to the Cruel World Live From Mars The Will to Live Live at the Hollywood Bowl
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Ben Harper Photos More from Ben Harper
Diamonds on the Inside
Both Sides of the Gun
Welcome to the Cruel World
Live From Mars
The Will to Live
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
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Member CD Reviews
Tom A. (CTA4him) from ANDERSON, SC
Reviewed on 10/28/2014...
Ben has plenty of good recordings, but this in my opinion is his best one. It has a little of all his different styles though his folk-soul is what really shines. If you need a starting place this would be a great place to go. Tom A.
Brett H. (BlooZRocker)
Reviewed on 11/11/2008...
This was my intro to Ben Harper and I'm standing here without any socks. They were BLOWN OFF along with my shoes and the rest of my clothes!!! Rockin', Funky, and Groovaliciously catchy from top to bottom he just absolutely kicks butt. Even the mellower tracks that fell into the filler bucket on the first play have now become some of my favorites. Can't wait to check out Diamonds On the Inside that's on its way to me...
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
If You only buy one "Ben Harper" album.......(buy This!!)
fetish_2000 | U.K. | 01/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For an artist such as Ben Harper, who's reflective blend of acoustic soul & organic stripped down blues and R&B, coupled with his emotional singer/songwriter approach gave his debut album "Welcome to the Cruel World" a great starting point, for those tired of music lacking any intellectual content. But it was this, his fiery politicised second album "Fight for your mind", that he was to truly make his mark on the musical landscape.
This is a intimate and deeply introspective record, that not only looks inwards, but frequently looks at the world from the perspective of a enraged musical poet (Harper's influences such as: Dylan, Hendrix, Bob Marley, are clear to see). Because for a track like "Another Lonely Day" which is largely minimal in its instrumentation, and relies mostly on Ben's soul-folk singing to carry the emotional impact of this song, (think stripped back folk, with some lovely slide guitar), it went some way to prove that Ben wanted people to hear what he had to say, rather than just purely focus on the music.
"Burn one Down" which is actually a Pro-weed song, with Harper brazenly declaring ""if you don't like my fire, then don't come around, yes I'm gonna burn one down.", shows that Ben like the protest songs of someone like Dylan, many years before him for instance, hasn't shy-ed away from controversial subject matters.
"Ground on Down" is unquestionably my favourite track, Ben hooks up the electric guitar for a occasionally feedback drenched throwdown, that has more place on a rock album, such is its explosive energy, with Harper assuming the lyrical stance of a righteous commentator over the energetic guitar that is probably the nearest he's come to sounding like an infuriated Jimi Hendrix, in this insistent, almost slightly aggressive rock-out.
There is an undeniable sense of Harper wanting to get a lot of his chest, as quite of few of the songs deal with social/racial injustice to some degree, as "Fight For your Mind" & "Oppression" immediately spring to mind, with unsettling guitar tones which range from poignant one minute, to curiously uplifting the next. Although none of this would mean anything without some inspired writing by Harper, that easily surpasses his debut in structure and musical dynamics. In fact Ben would never truly match (much less surpass what was achieved here), this level of articulation and poetic lyrical content, although with impressively strong musical arrangements.
If your looking for a Ben Harper Cd, and your not interested in collecting his albums, then without doubt Its widely known that this was his most significant effort on the album market, and although his other albums are certainly worth a look if you like his music. The combination of righteous finger pointing, consice lyrics and, cerebral blues-folk would never quite have the same bite, as this, his finest album."
HIS BEST !!
Fabian Kelso Hernandez | San Jose, Costa Rica | 03/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I keep thinking this is Ben Harper's best cd. It's a blend of soul and great songs. This cd will take you for a ride of songs that are different from each other and that bear Ben's soul in them. I have realized that what makes Ben Harper's music so special is the amount of pleasure you can feel he put in writing and singing his songs. It's all there. This is one of my collection's best. Highly, really, highly recommended."