on 9 December 2000
Ben Harper has only just entered my CD collection (how did I miss him before?) and is firmly planted for a long time in the most-listened-to section. The tracks are mainly acoustic guitar-based, spiced up with hypnotic bongo rhythms and Ben Harper's beautiful vocals. You can't help being drawn into his emotive lyrics, especially in Another Lonely Day - it feels like he's singing live, just for you. Corny but true.
Fight For Your Mind is as varied as an album comes, you never know where he's going to take you with the next track; from the calm defiance of Opression to the rockier bitterness of Ground on Down and my favourite, the super-chilled bongo fest, Burn One Down. Why oh why does Ben Harper not get more recognition???
on 11 June 2004
This has been one of the best albums I have owned. I listen to it at least once a week. You will never get tired of hearing it. Another lonely day has to be the most well written song on the face of the planet, with lyrics like "I'd rather walk alone... than chase you around, I'd rather fall myself than let you drag me on down"
Please take my work on this album as you will find this to be one of those albums you will find hard to take out of your CD player and you WILL spread the word on how fantastic his music is.
on 16 November 2005
This is probably the most accessible of Ben Harper's albums in that it's the easiest to listen to, and so is a great introduction to his work. It is also one of the best albums I have ever bought. It's so difficult to explain what makes Ben Harper and this album so great, and I'm not going to start all this pretentious nonsense about how deeply soulful it is. You really need to listen to it as an album. Some artists make great songs, others make great albums. Ben Harper does both - the tracks work individually but, as an entire album, this is a masterpiece.
I'm going to stop there because, to me, it's impossible to describe why it's so good. Just buy it - you won't be wrapping it up as someone else's Christmas present. You'll look after it and never look back.
on 8 April 2006
Ben Harper is an artist you can turn back too repeatedly and find new depth and meaning in his work. This album is, in my opinion, his strongest from the protest blues of 'Excuse me Mr.' (which will test the bass capabilities of your stereo!) to the beautiful sparse sound of 'Power of the gospel' which is enough to drive this atheist old school metal head to the verge of tears. Ben brings power and subtlety to every song on this album. If you enjoy music, any music, then I would say buy this, listen with an open mind and be converted!