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A flawed jewel,
This review is from: Diamonds On The Inside (Audio CD)
It was interesting to read the common thread of other reviews, which recognised that this was a good album when compared to the other rubbish out there. It is perhaps that reason, amongst others, that allows Ben Harper's popularity to prosper. Certainly there is no evidence of greatness here, despite much to enjoy.
It is easy to be absorbed by the man's greatness to the detriment of recognising some of his major failings. Perhaps then - with Diamonds on the Inside - we are seeing an artist toying with the faithful to glean the extent of their patience.
There is a peculiar dichotomy at work here, with a crossing of styles that as a whole are often directionless and unimaginative. Sure, moments of inspiration are ever-present, but it's a hard album to endure in one sitting, with far too many diamonds in the poop.
It's good to seen an artist reinventing himself, but we can only hope that the next creation is more Da Vinci than Oppenheimer.