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Burn To Shine
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2000
The world is unjust - if it were perfect then Burn to Shine by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals would be at the top of the album charts. It is quite simply stunning, from David Leach's percussion intro on 'Alone' to Harper's last chord on 'In the Lord's Arms'. Best tracks along the way have to be 'Alone', 'The woman in you' (thanx to Harper's sublime vocals) and the title track 'Burn to Shine'. If you like the Foo Fighter's softer stuff like 'Everlong' then this album will simply blow you away.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2003
Ben Harper is one of the most original and exciting artists to have graced the music scene in years. Unfortunately on Burn to Shine we only see a glimmer of the talent this man is blessed with. Although 'Woman in you' and 'hands of a prayer' are strong examples of his song writing ability, I feel the album as a whole doesnt really work. It is plain to see that Ben Harper is influenced by a large range of styles including - soul,
blues,jazz,rock,country and roots. On previous albums Ben Harper subtley fuses these sounds together for a more well rounded and consistent style. Burn to shine see's an attempt to write a predominantly soul song followed by a rock tune...... so on and so forth. This has led to the making of an album with some outstanding tracks, but altogether a fairly disjointed experience.
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on 14 March 2012
This album has everything from his soft tender acoustic stuff through to what essentially is metal. If you've never owned a Ben Harper CD you couldn't go far wrong with this one.
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on 8 January 2014
Beautiful album from start to finish. Lovely musicianship for classic songs. I have been waiting for an album of this quality for ages.
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on 11 April 2011
I Love this guy's voice and music and listen to it just about every day. Cool like Jack Johnson but with a strong rock edge.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2004
Ben Harper isn't a name you will have heard if you're a commercial pop music addict - unless you've heard of the name of the father in "My Family" (different Ben guys), he won't sound familiar at all.
But His blend of acoustic, reggae, blues, rock and gospel tracks is impressive. He moves from track to track on "Burn to Shine" changing style like Kylie's life in fast forward, except mature from beginning to end. All of the tracks are powerful and, lets be honest, if you're looking for something which you aren't going to hear overplayed non-stop by radio/TV, give Ben Harper a try. (If you're less diverse in your music taste, I'd start with "Diamonds on the Inside")
Go on, broaden your horizons - just because he's shyed away from the MTV planet, doesn't mean he isn't the best artist ever (and that includes Salvador Dali)
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on 28 June 2015
not a bad album
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