As I Call You Down

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  • Band members: Dhani Harrison, Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur
  • Summary: The debut release for the supergroup includes Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur, and George Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison, as well as nine acoustic tracks.
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  1. Fistful of Mercy's sound shouldn't surprise fans of any of those acts; nor, for that matter, should the appealingly casual quality of the nine songs on "As I Call You Down," which the musicians wrote in three days.
  2. As I Call You Down is more reminiscent of CSN than TTW, as the trio's vocals meld nicely on the likes of "In Vain or True." "Father's Son," meanwhile, is an engaging rocker that ironically offers further evidence of young Mr. Harrison being a talent in his own right.
  3. As pleasing as the melodies and execution are, it's hard to tell if the album has real sticking power--or if it merely passes through the system, appreciated but ultimately forgettable. Only time and more records will tell.
  4. The mellow vibes are appealing in their own lackadaisical way, but as the short LP approaches its conclusion it's hard not to wish there was just a little more discipline, perhaps enough to sculpt these pleasant sounds into full songs.
  5. Mojo
    Dec 23, 2010
    New all-star trio featuring Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper, and George Harrison's son, Dhani. [Jan. 2011, p. 96]
  6. Uncut
    Dec 20, 2010
    Fistful Of Mercy itself is certainly Fleet of Fox, but it's also strong of cheese. [Jan 2011, p.98]
  7. Q Magazine
    Jan 6, 2011
    It's not an obvious fit, and with all songs apparently written in the space of just three days there's distinctly rushed, work-in-progress feel that does nobody any favours. [Jan 2011, p.142]
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