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Ben Harper
Diamonds on the Inside

The sun is shining brighter from those Diamonds on the Inside of Ben Harper's. Harper delivers to the fullest as usual on his fifth studio effort, which takes a leap from the norm developed on previous works into more unchartered territory.

The album begins with an inspiring "With My Own Two Hands." The title track is softly melodic in its rich use of acoustics and bass. "When She Believes" is a wonderfully orchestrated juxtaposition instruments like the trombone, harp and accordian. "Blessed to Be a Witness" is an ever-so-humble look at life through the eyes of this true believer. "Picture of Jesus" is completely random as one may expect from Harper at this point on Diamonds.

The synthesized soul created in "Bring the Funk" is addictive enough to make you want to dance a little. "Amen Omen" is a beautifully written piece marking the first somber song to enter Diamonds. "She's Only Happy in the Sun" is probably the shortest and most simplistic track found here, but no less, the best seen here. This track explores that almost indescribable beauty of Harper's voice that makes him so essential. Harper demonstrates an exploration of his musical capabilities, ranging from the comparable likes of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. He seems to make the move seem effortless, because he's just that damn good.
Crystal at 11/16/2004 11:10:00 AM

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