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great artist average record.
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.